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Limerick school apologises to Muslim pupil after Charlie Hebdo produced in class

The boys mother has spoken out expressing outrage that her son was subjected to the paper.

Image: Christophe Ena via Press Association

A LIMERICK SCHOOL has apologised to a Muslim pupil after a copy of the French paper Charlie Hebdo was produced in his classroom.

It’s understood the copy of the paper was brought in by another pupil while the fifth class students were having a discussion about the French Revolution and freedom of speech.

The mother of the 11-year-old boy – who’s in fifth class at the Limerick School Project in Limerick city – says she’s outraged over the incident.

She told the Limerick Leader: ”Each child was told to read it and look at a picture that depicted the prophet Mohammad. This picture has cause great insult within the Islam community in Ireland and the world.

“We as parents teach our children every day to be respectful of other people and their cultures as well as their religion.

How are we supposed to achieve this respect within our country if our educators are not mindful of the different cultures and religion in our classrooms.

Chairman of the school, Richard Allen, said it was an ‘unfortunate incident’ and apologised to the pupil and his mother.

Allen said the school “respects all religions and none” and “would never set out to cause offence to anybody”.

Around 100 copies of the magazine sold out in Limerick recently.

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