The Pirate Party is gravely concerned that a 10-year-old Muslim boy at a primary school in Lancashire was investigated by police on suspicion of terrorism for making a simple spelling error in an essay, and calls for a change in the law.
Mark Chapman, Pirate Party justice spokesperson, said:
"By creating a duty for public authorities to supposedly prevent terrorism, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 puts front-line public workers such as teachers and doctors in a perilous position: if they report minor concerns to the police they may undermine the trusting and sensitive relationship they have with their students and patients; if they do not, they risk breaking the law.
Teachers should be free to teach without being drafted as police informants. Students should be free to make mistakes and explore ideas without worrying that their teachers will call the police. A culture of fear and suspicion in schools undermines education.
We cannot build stronger communities and prevent terrorism where it actually exists through racist and discriminatory laws that put millions of innocent people under permanent suspicion and surveillance. It's time to reject the flawed radicalisation theories behind the government's Prevent strategy and scrap this unjust and counterproductive law."