A primary school in England has apologised to parents after a teacher asked young pupils to pull up the side of their eyes to make them ‘look Chinese’ during a lesson.
The class of six and seven-year-olds were working on a project about China and dressed in Chinese clothing when they posed for a photo while pulling their eyes back.
The unnamed teacher and a teaching assistant were also in the photo, which was later pinned to the window of New Bradwell School in Milton Keynes, Bucks.
Parents reacted with anger that their children had been asked to pose for the ‘insensitive’ picture.
One mum, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It was meant to show us what a success Chinese day had been.
‘All the children were using their fingers to pull up the sides of their eyes in what I assume was an effort to ‘look Chinese’.
‘Even worse was that the teacher and the teaching assistant were doing it too.
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‘These children will now think it’s OK to do this, when it is clearly not. At best it’s insensitive and at worst it’s racism.’
New Bradwell School Headteacher Phil Webster apologised, saying the image was removed as soon as he was made aware of it.
He said: ‘The school would like to apologise if we caused any offence and after our internal investigation has been completed will look to see if any changes need to be made with the school’s procedures and policies.’
New Bradwell School has been rated an all-round outstanding by Ofsted.