THE Sixth Form College, Solihull has come under fire from a concerned dad after tensions following the Mumbai bombings in India sparked gang warfare between Pakistani and Indian students on Solihull streets.
The man, who does not want to be named, has a teenager who is studying at the college on Widney Manor Road.
He says the situation started to deteriorate last Thursday and the recent terrorist attacks.
He claims rival groups of students have been attacking each other in Brueton and Malvern parks and intimidating shoppers in Solihull town centre after the college closes.
“Since last Thursday there has been a large police presence in Solihull town centre with about ten or more officers lining the High Street with dogs and cameras stretching from McDonald’s up to St Alphege Church and into Brueton and Malvern parks.
“My youngster hates going to college now and is very concerned about what is happening there, but no-one at the college is addressing the problem.
“Teachers at the college are too frightened to do anything about it. It’s a nightmare.
“The police are taking it seriously and the tension at the college is horrendous between the different religious groups of Sikhs and Muslims with intimidation and threats being made to students.”
A Sheldon mum, whose daughter is doing A Levels at the college, said she feared for her child’s safety. She said: “Some parents are not sending their children to the college because they are worried they might get hurt and I find it very unnerving but my youngster has got exams coming up and she can’t really miss college.”
A joint statement issued by principal Colleen Chater and David Nixon, chair of governors, said: “The college is aware of problems which have arisen in the last few days. None of this has spilled over into the college and teaching and learning are continuing as normal.
“We are liaising closely with the borough and police in the interests of our students, parents and the local community.”
A police spokesman said: “We can confirm police attended Malvern Park in Solihull on November 28 and December 1 between 4-5pm following reports of heightened tensions between two rival groups.
“No one was injured and the groups were dispersed. Police in Solihull are continuing to monitor the situation. Our key priority is maintaining public safety and harmony at all times.
“Anyone with information should contact police on 0845 113 5000. Six men between the ages of 18 and 23 years were arrested on November 28 on suspicion of the possession of offensive weapons and have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.”