SLEAT, Scotland, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Skye, possibly Scotland's most famous island, is split down the middle by a plan to start the first all-Gaelic primary school outside of Glasgow.
Local officials began moving ahead with plans for Sleat Primary after a parents' group proposed converting the school to Gaelic-speaking. But a rival parents group, Sleat Primary for All, has sprung up to oppose the plan.
Bill Fulton, councilor for Kyle and Sleat, told The Scotsman he warned the rest of the council the plan was divisive.
"I have had more than a few phone calls on this issue, using words like fascist and mafia," Fulton said.
The school already offers Gaelic classes. Parents who oppose the conversion to all-Gaelic say children in families who want to include English in their education would have to travel 15 miles each way to another school.
Wales has more than 400 Welsh-language schools, but officials there told The Scotsman that all offer some instruction in English.