Islamic radicalisation and threats in Western Sydney schools

Mark Latham interviewed a primary school teacher with direct experience of Islamic radicalisation and threats in Western Sydney schools. She was asked by school management, “What can you do to stop this happening?” just like victims of bullying in schools are often asked. Nothing was done about the threats made to her by some of her Muslim students. She was not supported openly by her colleagues and her school management seemed unprepared for the ongoing threatening behaviour from primary aged Muslim students. A deradicalisation team was called but never showed at the school. Because she was unhappy with how she was being treated by the radicalised students she was labelled a troublemaker by management. The leadership of the school simply wanted to turn a blind eye to what was going on.

New Zealand is equally unprepared for dealing with the radicalisation of Muslim school students. Australia already has businesses that specialise in deradicalisation of students because they are already experiencing serious problems in education in certain schools. Deradicalisation programmes do not have a good success rate and one school that used one was so bad that even the secular Principal converted to Islam rather than do something to stop the radicalisation. The National government in March this year asked the Malaysian government for advice on deradicalisation programmes.

The Muslim psychologist on the show said the problems in Australia primarily come from the unskilled Muslim immigrants and refugees, primarily from Arab countries like Lebanon. He acknowledged that ” uncomfortable views” could still be held by skilled, educated Muslim migrants but said they were a lot less likely to be involved in welfare fraud, crime and terrorism. He said it is not just about religion it is about class. They are from poor backgrounds and big families and are poorly educated. He also said it was more about anti-social behaviour and that the students saw Islam as being ” oppositional” to the West and so even though they were too young to understand detail about Islam they saw it as a big ” stuff you” to the West.

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