Headteacher stands up to homophobia

Headteacher, Carrie Morrow, has vowed to stand up to homophobia after a gay play staged at her primary school sparked a row on social media.

The 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, one dad said he was annoyed when his son came home “talking about gays, saying he had learned about gays.”

Two men were reported to the police by another Facebook user, and have since been spoken to by officers in the area, Manchester Evening News reports.

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.

Ms Morrow, who has worked at Sacred Heart RC Primary in Atherton, near Wigan, for 13 years, refused to back down after the criticism.

She said: “We are very proud of what we have done.

“I know for some schools it is not an easy aspect of the curriculum to teach, but our pupils handled it with maturity and sensitivity.

“We have been quite bold and it has not been without some negativity from the community.

“We are not intimidated as we know such homophobic attitudes are in the minority.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police 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.

“Local resolution officers spoke to all parties involved and advised two men of their future conduct on social media.”

Headteacher Carrie Morrow
            Headteacher Carrie Morrow

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