Hate crimes in schools in region affected by anti-LGBT+ protests surge

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08/04/2019

The number of hate crimes in schools and colleges in the county affected by protests against LGBT+ lessons has surged by more than 50 per cent in just one year, The Independent can reveal. The rise comes as one of the schools at the centre of a row over equality lessons has reported “homophobic” footage and far-right “Islamophobic” mail to the police. The data, from freedom of information requests, has prompted calls for a stronger government response against the demonstrations to counteract a “worrying” rise in hate crime. Hate crime offences recorded by West Midlands police, involving children aged 17 and under in and near to schools and colleges, have risen by 52 per cent – from 44 in 2017-18 to 67 in 2018-19. The figures come after months of protests from parents and campaigners outside Parkfield Community School and Anderton Park School in Birmingham over the age-appropriateness of LGBT+ lessons.

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