Protestors gather outside state-funded Catholic school in Camborne over homophobia claims
ABOUT 15 people turned up outside the new St Michael's Catholic Free School in Camborne this morning to protest over claims about the school's stance on homosexuality.
Protestors believe the school's policy on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students is not "transparent" and could be discriminatory.
Julie James, from Pool, said: "I'm here to highlight the point that education should be equal for everyone, regardless of colour, race or sexuality. It shouldn't matter who you are.
"I went to this school when it was a primary school and it was where I was taught a good set of values."
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The action lasted just over half an hour before protestors left, disappointed that no-one from the school had come out to talk to them.
Protest organiser Phil Innes was sorry that a representative of the school had been unwilling to engage in dialogue.
"I said they would do well to come out and answer us, but they point blank refused," he said.
"We've asked them to rewrite their policies in terms of gay lesbian bisexual and transgender students and bullying, but they say they are already clear."
The controversy started after comments by school governor Joyce Sanderson were interpreted as "homophobic".
She subsequently clarified her comments and apologised.
The school also issued a statement which said: "School policy is clear. Everyone, regardless of gender, race or orientation will be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
"Any sign of discrimination, including homophobia, will be dealt with robustly."
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