Hundreds of pupils at a Wimbledon girls’ school rated outstanding took part in a banned march in support of Palestine – leaving some feeling ‘isolated and threatened’.

Footage posted on TikToks shows how streams of uniformed girls aged 11-16 defied a ban on any political event within the school campus on Wednesday afternoon this week – leaving some girls, including some of Jewish backgrounds, feeling unsafe.

As febrile demonstrations have swept the country in the wake of the Hamas terror attack on Israel on October 7 – and the subsequent hardline Israeli military response in Gaza – there have been attempts to keep them from spilling over into schools.

And at Ricards Lodge Girls School in the upmarket south London suburb pupils had been told that the campus must be a ‘safe space’ for all – and that political demonstrations were not allowed.

But footage posted online shows that hundreds defied the headteacher’s order this week and during their lunch hour gathered en masse to protest and wave Palestinian flags.

Hundreds of pupils at a Wimbledon girls' school rated outstanding took part in a banned march in support of Palestine - leaving some feeling 'isolated and threatened'

Hundreds of pupils at a Wimbledon girls’ school rated outstanding took part in a banned march in support of Palestine – leaving some feeling ‘isolated and threatened’

Footage posted on TikToks shows how streams of uniformed girls aged 11-16 defied a ban on any political event within the school campus on Wednesday afternoon this week - leaving some girls, including some of Jewish backgrounds, feeling unsafe

Footage posted on TikToks shows how streams of uniformed girls aged 11-16 defied a ban on any political event within the school campus on Wednesday afternoon this week – leaving some girls, including some of Jewish backgrounds, feeling unsafe

The footage emerged as Education Secretary Gillian Keegan posted on X that she is ‘deeply concerned’ about such incidents.

She wrote this afternoon: ‘I’m deeply concerned that some children are attending political protests during the school day.

‘Even more so if they’re taking part in, or being exposed to, antisemitic chants.

This should be treated with the utmost seriousness – missing school for activism is unacceptable.’

There’s no suggestion there were any antisemitic chants at Ricards Lodge.

But one parent of Jewish heritage, speaking on condition of anonymity, told MailOnline: ‘My daughter was left feeling isolated and threatened – despite having told the school would be a safe space.

‘These children are too young to understand the complexities of the global political situation.

‘They’re getting their views from social media where there is a lot of hostility to not just Israel but Jews generally – which can leave children feeling very unsupported if they have Jewish heritage.

‘We feel let down that the school didn’t do more to stop this. The teachers seem to have just stood by and let it happen.’

At Ricards Lodge Girls School in Wimbledon, pupils had been told that the campus must be a 'safe space' for all - and that political demonstrations were not allowed

At Ricards Lodge Girls School in Wimbledon, pupils had been told that the campus must be a ‘safe space’ for all – and that political demonstrations were not allowed

Head teacher Kate Page (pictured) in October had promised there would be no such actions

Head teacher Kate Page (pictured) in October had promised there would be no such actions

A newsletter to parents from head teacher Kate Page in October had promised there would be no such actions – including the use of flags which were widely visible in this week’s action.

The letter read: ‘The escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine over the past few days has shocked us all.

‘I am mindful of the fact that we have students, parents, carers and staff of both Jewish and Palestinian heritage who may have family, friends and community members caught up in this terrible conflict. We all hope for a de-escalation of violence and reconciliation over time.

‘Our school values – we are compassionate, we champion equality and we do this together will guide us.

‘There have been some reports across London of young people’s heightened tension spilling out into the community and into school.

‘We want our school to be a sanctuary and safe space for all members of our community and ask all staff, students and parents to be mindful of the emotive nature of this conflict.

‘We have reminded our students that there should be no displays of flags or slogans by any member of our school community please, especially during this time.’

It’s understood that several parents have complained that the demo was allowed to proceed.

The school has been contacted.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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