Letter: Gays in school

Gays in school

Sir: I am writing to express full support for James Hudson, the sixth- former who has been brave enough to speak out against homophobic comments and behaviour at Leeds Grammar School. His action is an example to his fellow students.

As a former pupil of the school I agree with James's comments that the school is able to offer much to its pupils academically, but the ethos and atmosphere have lagged far behind ("Gay pupil to sue school after attack", 21 April). The headmaster's description of homosexuality as "abhorrent" has no place coming from the head of an educational institution whose duty is to provide a safe environment for his students, free from prejudice or hate of whatever form.