Compare the Telegraph’s report on Mohammed Emwazi’ school and the BBC’s.
The Telegraph tells us there was a ‘Muslim Mafia’ at the school that was very religious and pro-active in demanding that the school adopt Muslim friendly practices such as introducing a prayer room. The BBC gives us the ex-headteacher’s thoughts….you might think the BBC would have tried a bit harder to challenge what was in all likelihood a bit of backside covering by her.
The Telegraph reveals Omar Emwazi, 21, was known as a member of the ‘Muslim Mafia’ at school and supported an Islamist cleric who inspired one of Lee Rigby’s killers
[Omar] Emwazi attended Quintin Kynaston, the same north west London school as his older brother, and was known there as a member of the “Muslim Mafia” – a group of particularly religious teenagers.
He is an integral member of a network called Power of Dawah, an evangelical Islamic group that tries to convert people in the street.
The group has hosted lectures by various preachers, which are filmed and put online.
Its Twitter account follows Abdur Raheem Green, a controversial preacher who has justified domestic abuse and has suggested that the 7/7 and 9/11 attacks could have been carried out by western governments.
Emwazi registered the PowerofDawah.com website.
A friend of Emwazi’s said she believed many pupils were being groomed by radicals whilst they were still at school…The “Muslim Mafia” were not popular among their peers as they were considered too judgmental.
“They had a very specific set of values,” she added.
“Quintin Kynaston was full of that. It was 70 per cent or 80 per cent Muslim. There was only one white kid in our class.
“In every year there was a set that was the Muslim Mafia that hung out together and were very religious.
“So many of them are second generation immigrants whose parents are still very much in touch with their culture.
“I think there was a system of grooming at Quintin Kynaston because there have been a few of them.
“They petitioned to have a prayer room so they could pray five times a day and they always went to Regent’s Park mosque every single Friday.
“I think that’s where it happened. A lot of them suddenly got very religious.
Was Mohammed Emwazi just as religious as his younger brother at school? The Daily Mail suggests he did….
After finishing primary school in 1999, young Mohammed moved to Quintin Kynaston Community Academy, in St John’s Wood, where he is believed to have studied alongside former X Factor judge and pop star Tulisa Contostavlos.
Once there, he became more observant of his religion and began wearing more traditional Islamic dress, and his sisters began to wear the hijab.
Curious that the head teacher claims she saw nothing amiss.
The BBC whitewashes the school and makes no mention of any problems with overly devout religiosity from some Muslim pupils…
Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi was never suspected of being radicalised at school, his former head teacher says.
Jo Shuter, who was head of Quintin Kynaston Academy in north-west London until 2013, said he had not been “seen as a huge concern” as a pupil.
Emwazi has been named as the man known as “Jihadi John” in several IS hostage videos.
Two other pupils from the school are also thought to have gone to fight in Syria and Somalia.
Ms Shuter, who was head teacher for more than 10 years from 2002, said there had been no indication that any pupils were becoming extremist.
“I am not prepared to say when the radicalisation took place. All I can say is absolutely hand on heart, we had no knowledge of it. If we had we would have done something about it,” she said.
“There was never any sense that any of these young men as I knew them were radicalised when they were in school.”