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Pupils hit back with rainbows after headteacher targeted with homophobic graffiti

Primary school pupils at Newcastle's Hotspur Primary School made the spontaneous display after the incident last week.

2019-10-01

Pupils at a primary school in Newcastle have given their own lesson in acceptance after making a colourful show of support for their gay headteacher.

Students at Hotspur Primary School in Heaton, decked out their school gates in rainbows after headteacher Miles Wallis-Clarke was targeted with homophobic graffiti last week, The Chronicle reports.

Police are investigating the incident as a suspected hate crime, but Mr Wallis-Clarke has been buoyed by the outpouring of support from parents and pupils.

He told The Chroncle: "There was quite a bit of graffiti outside the school which was very personal about me and homophobic. It had been put there so parents and students would see.

"I am a gay man, I make no secret of that at school and I'm very open and I talk about it. I have been at the school for 15 years and I have never ever had anything like that.

"But from what was a hate crime so much love has come pouring out."

Northumbria Police are currently appealing for information on the homophobic incident, which comes in a year in which the teaching of LGBTQ-inclusive lessons on diversity and acceptance in primary schools has dominated the headlines.

“An investigation has been launched following a report of criminal damage at Hotspur Primary School, Heaton," said Inspector Robert Stowers in a statement.

“Overnight between September 23 and 24, homophobic graffiti was sprayed on the premises and a path outside the school. We are currently treating the incident as a hate crime and enquiries are ongoing.

“Nobody should be victimised for being who they are and we are taking this incident very seriously – and will take robust action against those responsible."

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 349 240919 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”