Tuesday, 26 June 2007

150,000 gay pupils suffer abuse

More than 150,000 pupils have been targeted by school bullies because they are gay, research suggests.

Two-thirds of lesbian and gay pupils have experienced homophobic bullying, ranging from verbal abuse to violence and even death threats, the survey by equality organisation Stonewall found.

About half of teachers did not intervene when children used homophobic language like "dyke", "queer" or "rug muncher", the study said.

And some pupils even claimed their teachers joined in with the abuse. Read more

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