A man has gone on trial accused of being racially aggressive towards teaching staff after the school segregated two Muslim pupils for growing beards.
Mohammad Liaqat, 34, of Richmond Avenue, Accrington, is accused of using ‘foul language with racist undertones’ against two staff members at Mount Carmel High School in Accrington, Burnley Crown Court heard.
He is also accused of being verbally abusive to police officers and parents at St Oswald’s primary school and for ‘shoulder charging’ headteacher Jeff Brown.
He denies three counts of religiously aggravated intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, two counts of racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence and one count of common assault.
Richard Archer, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Liaqat ‘profoundly disagreed with the stance’ taken by Mount Carmel in October 2013.
He told the court: “Rather than expressing his right peacefully and moderately, he needlessly and unlawfully chose to express his opinions repeatedly over a period of time through foul language and through racist undertones with those connected with the school and at a police officer.”
Mr Archer claimed Mr Liaqat attended Mount Carmel on October 4 and was ‘swearing and saying the school was racist’ and ‘verbally abused’ the pastoral manager.
Mr Liaqat returned on October 9 and was ‘abusive’ to the same person, telling her to cover her legs and head, Mr Archer claimed.
Mr Archer said: “This was taken by her as a reference to her being a non-Muslim and not being covered up in public in a way that a Muslim woman might be expected to.”
Mr Archer said Mr Liaqat then shouted at her from his car and when another staff member tried to take down his registration plate he called her a ******* white ****.
When police arrested him at his home he called a female officer a ******* white ***** and in custody said: “One teacher isn’t enough, you better get five teachers to speak against me", the prosecution claimed.
When interviewed by police Mr Liaqat claimed the school was ‘trying to turn Muslims Catholic’ but denied using racist language, Mr Archer claimed.
Mr Archer said while on bail he twice attended St Oswald’s school and told a teaching assistant and parents that they ‘let all the white kids out first’.
He said then ‘shoulder charged’ Mr Brown out of the way ‘with some force’.
Mr Liaqat denies the claims.