Brits Launch Classroom 'Terror Watch'

Teachers asked to watch out for extremist students
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2008 3:15 PM CDT
Brits Launch Classroom 'Terror Watch'
Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister and current Mideast envoy for the quartet, meets with a religious studies class during a visit earlier this year to a north London school.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – British teachers will be asked to monitor student behavior and report any suspected extremists to police under new government guidelines, the Guardian reports. A "tool kit" for teachers sets out how they should conduct classroom debates to smoke out any possible Islamic extremist  or far-right racist views across all age groups. Some teachers complain that they're being handed an unfair burden.

"We have a duty of care to try to prevent any young person descending into any kind of illegal activity which could ruin their lives," said a spokesman for a teachers association. "But we're not spy-catchers." (Read more British terror attacks stories.)

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