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Make schools log homophobic bullying

June 15, 2006 9:45 AM

Responding to a call at an anti-bullying conference in London that schools should log all homophobic insults Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary, Sarah Teather MP said, "Guidance must be changed immediately to require schools to log incidences of homophobic bullying so it can be properly monitored and tackled. This is an issue that blights the lives of hundreds if not thousands of pupils every single day.

"Homophobic bullying is an issue for the whole school, not just for a victimised minority. This is not a matter of 'political correctness' but about pupil behaviour and the right of parents to feel confident that their child will be safe in school.

"Homophobic taunts and name calling in schools should be challenged immediately by staff and all schools' anti-bullying policies should be required specifically to include measures to deal with homophobic bullying."