Holmwood and his co-author Therese O’Toole describes the Trojan Horse Affair as an injustice of the magnitude of Hillsborough, requiring urgent redress.
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Professor Holmwood discussed and took questions regarding the whole affair but particularly some of the post-event details that were little covered in the press. The hysterical narrative reproduced by media and political circles alike promoted an idea of Muslim deviance in the actions of the governors, parents and teachers accused in the matter. Not only were all acting in a manner both legal and commensurate with the actions of the other parents, governors and teachers from different and no faith backgrounds, all the enquiries set up to investigate the matter exonerated all those involved. Nevertheless teachers were suspended and lost their jobs, parents and others banned from being governors and the school in questions had their entire leadership changed.
Tribunals for teachers suspended or sacked found that there had been gross miscarriages of justice yet this has slipped public attention. This compounds the injustice of the situation. Despite those targeted being the victims of a witchhunt in its most basic sense, they were still perceived to be in the wrong.
The affair was and continues to be used to justify a counter-extremism agenda that targets Muslims but impacts many forms of political dissent.