Letter: Misunderstandings in a Hackney school

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Sir: I disagree with Ruth Picardie when she says Jane Brown's 'crime' is that she is a lesbian. I would think that to be her own business but for the fact that her view of society is plainly warped - if she has been correctly reported in describing Romeo and Juliet as 'blatantly heterosexual'.

It is normal to be heterosexual, ie, it is the norm. No child should feel under pressure to think otherwise. As an apparently excellent teacher, Ms Brown has much influence over her pupils.

I do not venture into the hilarious effects of trying to weed out reference to heterosexual love from the world's literature.

Yours faithfully,

ALISON SMITH

Sevenoaks, Kent

3 February

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