Christian school governor suspended for questioning LGBT content

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Maureen Griffith, who has served as a governor at Alperton Community School, North London, since the 1990s received a booklet ahead of an upcoming governors meeting outlining plans by new staff members to introduce genre-specific reading lists for LGBTQ+ Pride Month for the following school year.

Upon attending the Curriculum and Standards meeting in May, Mrs Griffith raised concerns that parents had not had the opportunity to discuss the proposed content prior to a decision being made.

 

Detailing the meeting to Christian Concern, Griffith said she had highlighted that “parents had not been consulted” and that there would be “parents with children from religious backgrounds who would object and not want their children to have this form of sex education”.  

Griffith urged the board to consider the rights of such families, adding “as a parent myself, I would not have wanted my sons to be reading LGBT books or to be involved in an LGBT Pride month”.

Following her comments, one member of staff is reported to have left the room while another accused Griffith of refusing to acknowledge the law to teach on same-sex relationships. 

Eleven days later, Griffith received a letter from the school’s clerk, Jo Sattaur, telling her that she had been suspended for “breaching the Governors Code of Conduct” and making “homophobic comments at a public meeting,…

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