Search

Group linked to Scientology visit Newington Green school

11:06 02 August 2012

St Jude and St Paul

St Jude and St Paul's Primary School in Newington Green

Archant

A parent has spoken out after a primary school brought in a group linked with Scientologists to teach her 10-year-old child about drugs.

St Jude and St Paul’s Primary School, in Kingsbury Road, Newington Green, arranged for Narconon to come in to teach the Year 6 pupils about the dangers of drug abuse before the end of term.

Narconon offer drug and rehabilitation services based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard, the man who inspired Scientology – a religion famously followed by Tom Cruise. But critics claim Narconon’s rehab centres are used to help recruit people to the controversial church.

Amanda Steele, 30, only found out that her 10-year-old son Vincent had been taught by the group when she found some of its literature in his schoolbag.

She said: “I couldn’t believe the school would get people like this in to talk to the children. All the parents I have spoken to are horrified – they want to know how this was allowed to happen.

“It’s a faith school, so why not get someone from the church to do this?”

Michelle Davies, who works for Narcanon, said: “The main link with Scientology is they are both inspired by the work of L Ron Hubbard, and they advocate the same life skills.

“There is no spiritual aspect to Narconon whatsoever and the centres are completely separate to Scientology churches.

“In the whole time I have been with them I have only met two or three people who have become Scientologists.”

No one from the school was available for comment.

The council said it was unable to comment as they had no record of what drug advisory services primary school children in Islington are exposed to.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 14:20
Sam Parrington of the Pilion Trust at the exhibition in Caledonian Road on Wednesday. Picture: Andy Commons (andycommonsimages.com)

It isn’t just older people who fall on hard times. James Morris finds out about the sad reality of homeless young people in the capital – and how charities like The Pilion Trust and Project One Zero are working in Islington to give them a creative outlet.

Yesterday, 10:09
Cricket fan: David Pearce (Picture: Ken Mears)

A wheelchair-bound Canonbury pensioner must fork out £450 for a season of matches he cannot attend – or face exclusion from the elite cricket club that runs Lord’s.

Thu, 16:26
Protesters release balloons outside HMP Holloway yesterday (Picture: Jade Jackman)

More than two hundred people lit flares and released balloons outside Holloway Prison in protest against violence towards women in government institutions.

Thu, 11:02
Caledonian ward councillors are calling for HGVs to stop using Copenhagen Street as a shortcut. Picture: Cally Labour

Cement mixing company Cemex has instructed its drivers to comply with the HGV ban in Copenhagen Street, near King’s Cross.

Thu, 08:59
Islington NUT members at a previous demonstration against the academisation plans. Picture: Ken Muller

Islington NUT is holding a public meeting as part of a campaign to defeat the government’s plans for all schools to become academies by 2022.

Wed, 15:51
Islington Boat Club 'Upperdeckers'. Picture: Amanda Corcoran

Islington Boat Club has launched free weekly sessions for over-50s.

Wed, 12:00
Teacher Daire Fitzharris is climbing Mount Everest next year and is preparing by camping on the Brecknock school roof every night this week. Picture: Ken Mears

A good teacher leads by example. Daire Fitzharris, a Year 2 tutor at Brecknock Primary School, realised this as he sought to introduce his pupils to the wonders of camping. So rather than just stand at the front of the class talking about it, he has set them an example – by sleeping on the school’s roof every night this week.

Wed, 09:48
Year nine students from Deptford Green School travelled to Highbury Grove School to understand a different perspective of London. Picture: London Football Journeys

Students from Highbury Grove School met their south London counterparts in a soccer scheme to build bridges between youngsters from different areas of London.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe