A Milton Keynes school has apologised profusely for encouraging young pupils to “look Chinese” by pulling up the sides of their eyes during a project about China.
The class of six and seven year olds at New Bradwell School dressed in Chinese clothes and proudly showed off their slant-eyed look for a photo with their teacher – who adopted the same pose.
The resulting picture was pinned up on the classroom window at the school.
And it promptly incurred complaints from parents, who slammed the face-pulling pose as offensive.
“It was meant to show us what a success Chinese day had been. All the children were using their fingers to pull up the sides of their eyes in what I assume was an effort to ‘look Chinese’. Even worse was that the teacher and the teaching assistant were doing it too,” said one mum.
“These children will now think it’s OK to do this, when it is clearly not. At best it’s insensitive and at worst it’s racism,” she added.
Head teacher Phil Webster, whose school has been rated an all-round outstanding by Ofsted, removed the photo as soon as he was aware.
He said: “The school would like to apologise if we caused any offence and after our internal investigation has been completed will look to see if any changes need to be made with the school’s procedures and policies.”