Alissa Cook-Gray is a 17 year old who experienced a story-tale type rejection her first day of school at community college. Within the first hour of her art and employability course at Total People, the classroom setting turned political. She alleged was hesitant to share her opinion because she was cognizant of how others did not share her views. However, whenever it was her turn to speak, she said she identified with right-wing ideologies.
“The class then started asking everyone who their favorite person was and I said Tommy Robinson,” shared Alissa, explaining how the event unfolded. Tommy Robinson is known for his criticism of the heightened degree of influence Islam has had over traditional English culture and society.
“I like what he is doing for our country and I follow all of his stories - I think he is a savior,” Alissa suggested. After sharing her opinion, Alissa’s teacher told her, “get out, we don’t want people with your views.”
Her college followed through with a “final warning” for being too right wing. Supporting Tommy Robinson has thus been revealed to be an intolerable act to do on an English campus.
However, the college is adamant about their support and inclusiveness of different views. A spokesperson for Total People assured that the college is “an inclusive organisation, we are values led and we ask that all learners are collaborative; respect each other’s views and work towards common goals.”
The spokesperson further claimed, "We uphold British values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect and Tolerance and Individual Liberty."
Alissa says she unlikely to go back to this school. “Everyone should be allowed to have their own opinion but I felt mine was just shot down. I’m terrified and I don’t want to go back.”