Parents livid after 11-year-old son’s class shown razor sex toy video in RE lesson


The shocking video, which also includes frequent bad language, was shown to year 7 pupils in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, as part of the religious studies syllabus at Excel Academy by a supply teacher

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Sneyd Green: Children shown bizarre video in RE class

The parents of an eleven-year-old student are up in arms after their son’s RE class was shown a video featuring a cartoon of a sex toy covered in razor blades.

The shocking video, which also includes frequent bad language, was shown to year 7 pupils as part of the religious studies syllabus at Excel Academy, in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent.

It was included as part of a lesson on religious symbols last week and showed two cartoon figures discussing the Taoist ‘yin and yang’ symbol and what the best and worst things in the world they could imagine were.

One character thinks of a cheese toastie as the best thing in the world and a sex toy covered in razor blades as a depiction of something “evil”.

The school says the Youtube video was shown by a substitute teacher, who had used the wrong video link.

It says the video was identified as being “inappropriate” when played and won’t be used again.

River said he was shocked by the content
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But pupil River Maddocks told Stoke-on-Trent Live the teacher had told the class the video contained offensive language before it was shown.

The first swear word appears on-screen at 13 seconds and an image of Jesus Christ reading Playboy magazine appears at 20 seconds.

At 40 seconds, the F-word is spoken.

The sex toy imagery is not until more than two-and-a-half minutes into the four-minute-long video.

River, 11, who is a Christian, said he was shocked by the content and scribbled down the name of the film so he could tell his mum and dad.

Excel Academy, in Sneyd Green
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His parents, Leah and Eden Maddocks, of Smallthorne, were horrified when they watched the video for themselves.

Leah, aged 47, said: “When River first told us about it we thought he must be exaggerating, but when we watched it, it was even worse than we thought.

“Whoever decided to show that in a lesson must not have watched it properly beforehand.

“It’s not just the bad language or the fact it is offensive to every faith going – there is a part with a cartoon depiction of something which they shouldn’t even know about at their age.

“When we watched it we were mortified. I don’t think it is suitable to be shown to any age group in a school.”

Posted to YouTube by the Sam O’Nella Academy, the expletive-ridden film is called Where Religious Symbols Come From ­- That Happened Thursday and features stickmen characters giving an “explanation” of where the symbols adopted by various world religions originate.

River said he was astonished to be shown the video during a lesson.

He said: “We were revising for an RE test and doing religious symbols.

“The teacher, who isn’t our normal teacher, said he had a video to show us if we needed help with it.

“I was shocked when I saw it. All the other kids were laughing. It’s really not appropriate for a school.”

River said he was ‘shocked’ by the content
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River’s dad Eden, 57, added: “As soon as he mentioned it I was fuming, but when we sat and watched it, it was even worse than I thought.

“The world is going bananas if that can be shown in a school.”

An Alpha Academies Trust spokesperson said: “A supply teacher used an incorrect video link which was identified as being inappropriate when played and will not be used again.

“More stringent checks will be made moving forward to ensure this does not happen again.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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