Primary headteacher stands up to homophobia following ‘gay play’ row

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that a headteacher has vowed to stand up to homophobia after a “gay play” staged at her primary school sparked a row on social media.

Carrie Morrow, head of Sacred Heart RC Primary in Atherton, near Wigan, was shocked when a gay-friendly workshop aimed at teaching children about diversity was blasted by parents on Facebook. 

The comments, posted by a “small minority”, came after a theatre company performed a fairytale where two princes fall in love.

Writing on Facebook, dad Julian Marsh said he was annoyed when his son came home “talking about gays, saying he had learned about gays.”

Mr Marsh and another man were reported to the police by another Facebook user, and have since been spoken to by officers in the area.

The head of Sacred Heart says she is proud to be one of the first schools in the area to publicly stand up to homophobia…

As well as the play, children learned about when it was appropriate to use the word gay, and were asked to design a logo for Wigan’s first Pride festival in August.

Yet Mr Marsh accused the school of ‘social engineering” on Facebook.

In a public post, he wrote: “I think people who promote PC sex to kids below 11 border on paedophilia and are depraved.

“It has nothing to do with gay sex that upset us but the lack of parental consent, a bit like finding the school had decided it has the right to vaccinate your kids for you and did it without your consent because it knows best.”

…A GMP spokesman said: “Shortly after 10:25pm on Sunday 28 February 2016, police were called to reports that a number of homophobic comments had been made on Facebook.

“This was investigated as a hate incident but it was determined that the comments did not amount to a criminal offence…”

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Do you applaud the school for what it has done here or have sympathy with the parent for his concerns over a lack of consent?

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  1. Nairb1

    So a school’s attempt to encourage pupils to accept diversity produces ‘outrage’ from the narrow minded parents. Surprise surprise! Well done Ms. Morrow, don’t let them grind you down.

  2. VictoriaJaquiss

    No sympathy for parents at all. Went through this when Section 28 came out [!]. I was Head of PSE at time. At middle management meeting we were out-voted to respect parental homophobic feelings. Too angry, I ignored the vote, and concentrated even more on prejudice and equal ops that term, till every single student at Foxwood [high] school had thoughtfully considered the issues.

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