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Using the word gay in a negative way is not banter it is bullying…

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians  3: 28

This week is anti-bullying week.  As Christians and as a school we remember that all are included and all are welcome. Our Christian party invites everyone and because of this we delight in celebrating our diversity. We remember that bullying anyone is always wrong.

We have been focusing this week on tackling homophobic bullying.  Using the word gay in a negative context describes something as inferior or worthless. In some cases this can lead young people to mental health issues and is very damaging.  This is not allowed in our school in the same way that we do not allow the ‘n’ word as a racist abuse.

Our archbishop Justin Welby said earlier this year “Less than a year ago I set out my concerns about the terrible impact of homophobic bullying on the lives of young people and I made a public commitment to support our schools in eradicating homophobic stereotyping and bullying. Church schools begin from the belief that ‘Every child is loved by God.’”

Using the word gay in a negative way is not banter it is bullying…  Homophobic bullying has no place in this school!

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