Sunday, September 08, 2013

British High School pupil reported to police and his future university by headmaster after he criticised school

A London headteacher reported an A-Level student to police and informed the university he had applied for that the teenager had succumbed to 'violent extremism' after he criticised the school in a blog.

Jacques Szemalikowski, the headmaster of Hampstead School, told 19-year-old Kinnan Zaloom never to return to the school grounds again after he set up a website attacking the way it was run.

And he informed the school's on-site policemen and Glasgow University, where Mr Zaloom hoped to take a degree, that the student could be 'developing into an anarchist.

The Hampstead Trash, which Mr Zaloom started in February, contained a series of colourfully-worded articles that likened the school staff to characters in George Orwell's anti-totalitarian novels - most notably casting Mr Szemalikowski in the role of Animal Farm's chief pig, Napoleon.

In a style that he likened to that of the irreverent satirical magazine Private Eye, the young blogger accused the school of failing to push GCSE results any higher, a lack of investment in musical instruments and gym equipment, and of not listening to pupils' views.

Mr Szemaliskowski said he was particularly concerned 'that Kinnan has mentioned the ideologies of anarchism and individualism on this blog'.

'I must do something,' he said. 'In the last year he has become more and more enchanted by anti-establishment ways of thinking and has even said that there is an inherent risk that every government is corrupt.

Mr Zaloom, who co-founded a debating society at the school, compared his treatment to those fighting for press freedom in the Middle East.

He said: 'Obviously it’s not on the same scale at all, this injustice is small, I know that. But my family are from Jordan so I know how things work there, and newspapers are not allowed to write what they want.


Sounds like a far-Left headmaster.  Individualism bad?


Anonymous said...

This is yet another story about how Britain is becoming the world capital for the most bizarre forms of political correctness. And yes, even far worse than the US, a quite obvious fact Brits choose to ignore.

And for those Brits who visit this site, and who complain about the criticism leveled on Britain's "obsession" with political correctness, be advised that (denial) is not a river in Egypt.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes 1:43 you say it's so typical of Britain's PC, yet the two protagonists here are not of British origin, but represent immigrants or their forebears, who think it's better to live in Britain than where they come from. Yes "denial" is not a river in Egypt, but your spew of words are a fountain of toxic xenophobia and pathetic jingoism!

Anonymous said...

Would be ok if this kid was a moose slime.

Dean said...

Typical is correct, but not of Britain. The situation is typical of far leftists who consider anyone who thinks for themselves as dangerous. Those may be found in any country, even here in the United States.

Britain may be further down the socialist path than the U.S., but there are a great many here who are pushing for us to catch them.

My greatest disagreement with education in the U.S. is its seeming goal to not provide children with the means to make decisions, but to make sure they make the 'correct' decisions.

Anonymous said...

With the first link, a chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied --chains us all irrevocably.

the young blogger accused the school of failing to push GCSE results any higher, a lack of investment in musical instruments and gym equipment, and of not listening to pupils' views.

WOW, sounds like are real "anarchist" to me. Good thing they acted quickly the kid might have written another article on the school, and we all know how dangerous ideas are to liberals!

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know, the end result is tyranny and oppression no matter how holy the motives."

- Robert Heinlein

Anonymous said...

liberals love labeling their opponents with mental illness.

Jews are the number one target of religious hate crimes in America yet I've never heard Judeophobia- Fear of Jews mentioned once. I've Never heard Nazis called that either. hmmm....

How 'bout Atheists do they have Zeusophobia- Fear of God or gods.? or Theophobia- Fear of gods or religion.?

why aren't gay people called Heterophobes? or do they have Sexophobia- Fear of the opposite sex. (Heterophobia)?

Did the violent OWS crowd have Plutophobia- Fear of wealth?

Does Planned Parenthood have Parturiphobia- Fear of childbirth.?

Do Democrats have the fear Nucleomituphobia- Fear of nuclear weapons.?

Do Democrats have the fear Ecclesiophobia- Fear of church.?

Do Vegetarians have the fear Carnophobia- Fear of meat.?

Do Women's groups have the fear Arrhenphobia- Fear of men.?