SCHOOLCHILDREN are to be asked to think about the July 7 terror attacks from the perspective of the suicide bombers who killed 52 commuters.
Ringleader Mohammad Siddique Khan, of Dewsbury, and Jermaine Lindsay, of Huddersfield, are among the four bombers whose shoes the children will be urged to step into.
Calderdale Council put together the teaching pack for schools, which is recommended by the Government as a way of addressing controversial issues.
Sail Suleman, author of the pack, said: “Radicals, extremists and fundamentalists come in all different forms.
“We’re looking at why people become extreme. Is it right? Is it wrong? Is it justified?
“Why do young people go out and do what the bombers did? Was it pressure from individuals they were hanging out with?
“Hopefully we’ll encourage them to stay away from those individuals.”
The resource was adopted by the Department for Children, Schools and Families as part of a toolkit to help schools tackle violent extremism.
The pack, named ‘Things Do Change’, looks at life in multicultural Britain and has a module focussed on the bombings and the impact on the country.
Mark Thompson, head of housing and community support at Calderdale council, said: “The ‘Things Do Change’ resource pack is made up of 10 modules, each one addressing an important element of our strategy to help and encourage tolerance and promote community cohesion.
“Issues of community cohesion is just one of the 10 modules, this explores the impact of the 7/7 bombings.
“It is a factual module which is complimented by the DVD.
“The module has been carefully produced to encourage debate and discussions on what happened on 7/7.
“It provides young people with the opportunity to explore and share ideas with a view to breaking down stereotypes, barriers and prejudices.”
The series of suicide-bomb explosions on July 7, 2005, was the largest terrorist attack on London’s transport system in history.
At 8.50am three bombs exploded within 50 seconds of each other on London Underground trains. A fourth bomb exploded on a bus nearly an hour later at 9.47am.
Clr Craig Whittaker, children and young people’s portfolio holder, said he had not seen the education pack but would look closely at its content. “The idea of the material is to open people’s eyes and have a discussion and debate,” he added.