Commenting on the publication of Stonewall’s School Report 2012 into homophobic bullying in schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:
"These are deeply disturbing figures cataloguing the unacceptable abuse children and young people are facing.
"Unfortunately, too many parents and too many schools, while taking some aspects of prejudice-related bullying seriously, still consider homophobic taunting, name calling and abuse as part of growing up or dismiss it as banter between pupils.
"This survey should be a wake up call for the Government.
"Unless the Government takes seriously the need to have measures in place to monitor and ensure that schools are tackling this behaviour then I fear that the next survey will show that more and more children and young people have been traumatised and damaged by this abuse."
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