Greetings, I am a n English Subject Leader, off sick today. Have just had a phonecall from a young member of my Department. He is about to start teaching '"Witch Child' to a Year 8 class, but a parent has asked for her child to be withdrawn from the lessons on the grounds that they are Christians, and the book promotes witchcraft. I don't have a copy of the novel at home, and I have never taught it myself. I read it years ago, and don't remember it 'promoting' anything, but it was beautifully written, if I remember rightly. I have used an extract from it on my creative writing scheme of work. If anyone has any comments or advice, I would be most grateful, as I need to sort this one out as quickly as possible. The Headteacher is not in school today either, which is unfortunate.