Police decide not to lay charges against Islamic school



No charges will be laid against the East End Madrassah, an Islamic school that lost its permit to use a Scarborough school for classes while police investigated complaints of anti-Semitic teachings.

In May, the Toronto District School Board ruled the weekend school could not use David and Mary Thomson Collegiate, on Lawrence Ave. E, for classes until police wrapped up their probe.

“We just got the [police] report,” said Shari Schwartz-Maltz, spokesperson for the board. “It’s quite an extensive report — so our equity and permit people need to review it. We’ll have consultations with the group and then make our decision.”

The police report determines that the “contentious text deemed hurtful and offensive was not criminal but required knowledge of how the text was taught to clearly illustrate whether the criminal line had been crossed.

“Although not held criminally responsible, the complaint has raised a legitimate concern and has prompted change.”

The online material — which came to light in May — called ancient Jews “treacherous” and “crafty” and accused them of “conspiring to kill the Prophet Muhammad.”

The madrassah immediately removed the material and issued an apology.

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