THE Batley school which reportedly used a "totally inappropriate resource" in a religious studies lesson has closed as protests continue.

Around 50 protestors can be seen outside Batley Grammar School with reiterated calls for the teacher in question, who is currently suspended, to be sacked.

The school switched to remote learning today as it launches an independent formal investigation into the incident.

It received a number of complaints about the reported use of an image taken from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during a religious studies class.

The school has apologised over the "inappropriate" image, which was shown during a religious studies class this week, and suspended a teacher.

In a statement issued yesterday, the school said: "It is important for children to learn about faith and beliefs, but this must be done in a sensitive way.

"The school is working closely with the governing board and community leaders to help resolve the situation."

But a second day of protesting was organised on social media as calls grew for the teacher to be sacked.

A community leader gave an impromptu speech this morning to the crowd in which he said: “What is the freedom of speech? We are using this freedom of speech as an excuse. We shouldn’t violate this freedom of speech.

"We need to understand that if freedom of speech is hurting somebody’s emotions and sentiment, you can’t expect something like this from somebody who is in a profession to educate our children.

“Especially as this school is located around the Muslim community, we should be more careful. We should not touch people’s sentiments.”

The protest came after the education secretary waded into the row last night to condemn the protests, saying schools were free to tackle controversial topics.

One protester aged 25 who gave his name as Tainy said: "This is much bigger than a school, this is not a school issue. 

"The content that is being used should not be used. Everyone knows about this picture, you can reference that in your lesson. The topic was blasphemy."

One man, who was also on the scene yesterday, said: "What we say is, nobody whether Muslim or non-Muslim, under the false pretence of freedom of speech, has any right to insult religious persons, of any religion."

Speaking about the school, the man added: "There is a lack of communication, which has caused this big problem."

The protester also spoke about rumours the teacher in question, who has not been identified by the school, has had to go into hiding over safety concerns. 

He said: "I can assure you from this whole community and the children and parents who come to this school... there is not a single person that is inclined to any sort of violence. 

"There is law and order in this country and due process, we trust the British legal system, we trust the laws that were put in place to deal with these problems. 

"Islam is a peaceful religion."