A teacher showed a class of 11-year-olds a video of a cartoon sex toy covered in razor blades and Jesus reading Playboy magazine during a religious studies class.

The four-minute video, which also included regular swearing, was shown to Year 7 pupils at the Excel Academy in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday.

The animation, giving ‘explanations’ of how various religious symbols originated, included two cartoon figures discussing the Taoist ‘yin and yang’ symbol and what they perceived to be the best and worst things in the world imaginable. 

However, one of the characters then describes how a grilled cheese sandwich is the best, before using a sex toy covered in razor blades as the depiction of something ‘evil’.

The school has said the YouTube video was shown to the class by a substitute teacher who had inadvertently used the wrong link, assuring it has since been identified as ‘inappropriate’ and will not be used again.

However, pupil River Maddocks claims the teacher told the class prior to showing the video that it contained offensive language.

The first profanity appears on screen at the 13-second mark, before the video shows an image of Jesus reading Playboy magazine seven seconds later.

River Maddocks (right), pictured with father Eden (centre) and mother Leah (left). The pupil said he was shocked at the video and his parents have complained to the school

River Maddocks (right), pictured with father Eden (centre) and mother Leah (left). The pupil said he was shocked at the video and his parents have complained to the school

River Maddocks (right), pictured with father Eden (centre) and mother Leah (left). The pupil said he was shocked at the video and his parents have complained to the school

The video contained a clip of Jesus reading Playboy magazine during an explanation of where religious symbols originated

The video contained a clip of Jesus reading Playboy magazine during an explanation of where religious symbols originated

The video contained a clip of Jesus reading Playboy magazine during an explanation of where religious symbols originated

The school has said the YouTube video was shown to the class by a substitute teacher who had used the wrong link

The school has said the YouTube video was shown to the class by a substitute teacher who had used the wrong link

The school has said the YouTube video was shown to the class by a substitute teacher who had used the wrong link

River, 11, said he was ‘shocked’ when he watched the video and described how the majority of the class was laughing throughout.

He added: ‘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 scribbled down the name of the video so he could show his parents after school. 

His father Eden, 57, said: ‘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.’

Posted to YouTube by the Sam O’Nella Academy, the expletive-ridden video is called Where Religious Symbols Come From – That Happened Thursday and features stick men characters giving ‘explanations’ of where the symbols adopted by various world religions originated.

River’s mother Leah, 47, said she was ‘mortified’ when she watched it for the first time.

She added: ‘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.’  

A spokesperson for the Alpha Academies Trust, which operates the school, 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.’ 

Source: Daily Mail

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