Hundreds join protest against LGBT lessons outside Anderton Park school

Hundreds join protest against LGBT lessons outside Anderton Park school
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Posted on 24 May 2019

Hundreds of demonstrators have taken part in this afternoon’s protest against LGBT lessons at Anderton Park primary school in Balsall Heath.


One of the schools at the centre of the ongoing row over the teaching of lessons about same-sex relationships, Anderton Park closed early due to the threat of the protest, with children being sent home at midday. 

Police were in attendance outside the gates.


According to BirminghamLive, council officials are considering applying for a high court injunction to end the “nuisance, harassment and unacceptable behaviour” of protesters.

Speaking to the BBC about the demonstration, the school’s head, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, said: “It's not peaceful, it's aggressive, it's rude, it shouts accusations at me, at the governors.


“They use a megaphone - this is a cul-de-sac, there's no traffic noise to get over. It's really unpleasant, it's really aggressive, it's sour and it's sinister.”

Commenting on the decision to close the school early today, city leader Councillor Ian Ward told the Birmingham Mail: “I support the extremely difficult decision that has been taken to close Anderton Park School at lunchtime.


"This decision was not taken lightly but protests outside the school have escalated significantly over the past week and our first priority must always be the safety of pupils, families and staff.

“Birmingham City Council is continuing to work with the police to ensure measures are put in place to support the Anderton Park community when school reopens on Monday 3 June, and I urge parents to engage with the school if they have concerns about equalities education.


“The staff and pupils of Anderton Park have shown remarkable resilience in the face of increasingly unpleasant protests over recent weeks. I would like to thank [headteacher] Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson and all the school staff for their hard work and wish them a relaxing half-term break.”

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