A news report today has claimed that children at some schools in Essex have been allegedly told by teachers to act less gay to prevent being bullied. Apparently, they had been warned about their appearance and their sexuality by teachers who may have had little training on how to deal with bullies.
Young people claimed that teachers told them to wear their hair differently or because the young person may look or behave different, they are making themselves a target.
These allegations come from a report by Essex County Council on the way to deal with bullying in Essex schools. The Young Essex Assembly held a conference for young people across Essex and asked them to share their views on issues such as bullying and the way it is handled in schools.
Understandably, this has caused outrage amongst young people, campaigners and professional organisations.