Teachers at a school at the centre of high-profile demonstrations against LGBT content in lessons are at the limit of what they can take, its head has said. Tes reports.
The school’s headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, who said she had been branded a “paedophile” by some protesters, yesterday addressed MPs at a parliamentary briefing organised by the NAHT headteachers’ union.
Speaking afterwards, she told Tes: “We have a crash team of psychologists in our school supporting our staff and they have said they have never seen a team of people at the edge of their limitations on what they can take, and these are people who deal with child deaths, all kinds of things across the city.”
The school’s deputy head Claire Evans has told Tes that being at the centre of the demonstrations was “utterly horrific”. There is evidence that campaigns are spreading to an increasing number of areas.
In the ruling on the Anderton Park protests, the judge said it was likely a full trial scheduled for next month would find that “some of the protesting has gone beyond lawful limits and strayed into harassing, alarming or distressing conduct, through its persistence, timing and context”.
Paul Whiteman, the union’s general secretary, said: “I never imagined when I became general secretary of this union that I would be defending and representing people that are subject to death threats, intimidation and violence because they are doing the job that they have been asked to do.”
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