A 16-year-old student in Scotland has been told that he cannot wear a Pride badge because it “promotes” homosexuality.
The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, told PinkNews that after attending Edinburgh Pride during the weekend he returned to school with a small Pride badge on his uniform.
The circular badge is smaller than a £2 coin and has a heart with rainbow stripes.
However, St. Kentigern’s Academy in Blackburn, West Lothian told the student that he could not wear the badge.
The teen told us that the instructions came to him on behalf of the head teacher, Mr Sharkey.
He was not initially told why he could not wear the badge and grew to be upset.
“I was given no reason why, then after I got upset about it I was told by the teacher who told me to take it off that the school had ‘no problem’ with me being gay, but however I’m ‘promoting’ it by wearing the badge,” the teen said.
He explained that he refused to take the badge off.
“I told them that I was refusing to take it off which was fed back to the head teacher. I was then told by another senior member of staff, who I had a really good dialogue with, the exact same thing.”
The school’s uniform policy states that students must not wear jewellery which could be seen to: encourage rivalry, cause offence, damage flooring, promote a message contrary to the values of the school of the council, carry advertising or could be used as a weapon.
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