Thursday, March 20, 2008

Homophobic abuse is endemic in schools, with "gay" now the most common put-down by pupils in the classroom, teachers say.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers union found that the word "gay" is the most often heard term of abuse in schools. ATL has published advice on dealing with heterosexism and homophobia.

Despite the evidence, Newsround's teachers' section still has nothing about homophobia. IDAHO is on 17 May 2008, and that would be an ideal opportunity for Newsround to add some notes on fighting this type of prejudice.

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