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  Schools warned about anti-Islamic bullying
Updated 12 March 2003, 11.32
School pupils
Schools are being warned to look out for any kind of bullying of Muslim, Jewish or refugee school children if there's a war with Iraq.

And to help them deal with the effects a war might have on children, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have written a special booklet.

It says teachers should make sure children learn and talk about all sides of the argument about the Iraq crisis.

Muslim child
Muslim child

No one should be made to feel they are wrong if they have a different opinion to others, says the advice.

There should also be support for pupils if any anti-Islamic bullying breaks out.

Anyone who does bully someone because of religion should be punished in the usual way.

So schools need to make sure their anti-bullying policies - which all of them should have - are up-to-date.

Keeping it normal

Going to war can be stressful, especially if a loved-one is in the armed forces.

So teachers also have to keep things normal in the classroom and talk about how worried pupils feel.

During the Gulf War in 1991, lots more Muslim kids reported being bullied.

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