A Welsh school has been targeted by thousands of messages from followers of Tommy Robinson after he claimed his name had been removed from a poster naming individuals respected for standing up against bullying.
The English Defence League founder personally named Birchgrove Comprehensive School’s headteacher in his attack, published on Facebook, which claimed his alleged removal from the board was evidence the “education system has been infiltrated by far-left fascists”.
Within hours the school had been forced to delete its Twitter account after being bombarded by messages from followers of the controversial 35-year-old.
Rob Stewart, leader of Swansea Council, described the situation as “totally unacceptable”, saying the city is one of “sanctuary, tolerance, and respect”.
Mr Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, claimed the headteacher had threatened to call the police after a pupil had allegedly posted his name on a board created as part of anti-bullying week, on which pupils were asked to list the names of individuals they thought worthy of respect.
The council, speaking on behalf of the school, said events had been “badly and deliberately distorted”, and added that the allegation that the headteacher had threatened to call the police was not true.
After Mr Robinson posted his version of the incident on social media, hundreds of supporters sent messages directly to the school, leading to the school deleting its Twitter account.
A sign was also left outside the school overnight, since removed, with the name Tommy Robinson and an illustration of a heart.
Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Robinson added that if his child was attending Birchgrove Comprehensive School, “I would make a complaint, just saying”.
Shortly afterwards, the school started to be bombarded with allegations about the headteacher, and about disciplinary standards there.
Speaking at a meeting of Swansea Council’s cabinet meeting this morning, council leader Rob Stewart said the authority was aware of an “emerging situation” at Birchgrove Comprehensive, involving Tommy Robinson supporters “bombarding” the school with messages and “aggressive texts”.
He told colleagues: “This is totally unacceptable. We are a city of sanctuary, tolerance, and respect.
“I think it’s deplorable that supporters of Tommy Robinson would target young people with messages of hate.”
In an official statement he added later: “Swansea is a city of sanctuary and has a proud record of standing up to extremism in all its forms. We will do so again.
“I fully support our teachers at Birchgrove Comprehensive School and I find it abhorrent that the events in the school have been badly and deliberately distorted.
“Birchgrove Comprehensive School is an excellent school. It is unacceptable for teachers and children to be the target of abuse by far right supporters on social media.
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