POLICE were called into a Hounslow School after students were found posting extremist messages on the internet.
The school – which Hounslow Council has refused to name – was forced to call in specialist Safer Schools Partnership (SSP) officers when teachers became concerned with some of the pupils' behaviour.
The revelation comes in a Government leaflet designed to promote the SSP and ways in which it can be used to cut crime among young people.
Worries at the school – which is not named in the leaflet – were sufficient to for an entire year 12 assembly to be held entitled 'What is extremist behaviour?' and for special workshops aimed at curbing extremism to be held.
The leaflet, which carries a foreword from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Schools Secretary Ed Balls, was sent out to head teachers, school staff and governors, police officers and local authorities.
Referring to the anti-extremist work at the Hounslow school, it says: “The feedback from teachers and pupils has been very positive and the partnership are planning an ongoing programme of activity to help build the resilience of the school and its pupils to extremist messages.”
All of the borough's 14 schools are signed up to the SSP programme, which involves specialist police officers visiting to see what areas can be worked on to reduce youth crime.
A spokesman for Hounslow Council refused to give any further detail on the extremist posts, but said: “All our secondary schools have community safety officers who work with schools to prevent young people being drawn into crime and anti-social behaviour.
“As a beacon council for community cohesion our work is recognised by the Government as among the best of its kind in the country.
"By working with everyone – including schools, the police and most importantly the local community – we are making Hounslow a borough where everyone is proud to live and work.”