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Mother threatens legal action after accusing teachers of forcing son to take part in an LGBT event

A mother today threatened legal action against a south London primary school after she accused teachers of forcing her son to take part in an LGBT ‘Pride’ event.

Izoduwa Montague claimed Heavers Farm Primary School, South Norwood, failed to get her permission for four-year-old Izaiyah to become involved in a session called ‘Proud to be Me’ without her permission.

Mrs Montague, of Thornton Heath, said the school’s policy went against her Christian beliefs. Her son has now moved to a different school.

The event was celebrating Gay Pride. In my eyes that's brainwashing. We don't celebrate LGBT at all. We're a christian family.

I was absolutely astounded that any child should be forced to celebrate grown ups, adults's sexual relationships. I've never been homophobic. I've had friends who are homosexual.

– IZODUWA MONTAGUE, MOTHER

School head Susan Papas said the focus on Pride and LGBT history was one of a number of themes studied by pupils each half term. Other topics included black history, disability awareness and the environment.

Proud to be Me involved pupils making posters and banners, singing songs and taking part in a parade around the school buildings.

We're not aware of the need to get consent to cover different equalities issues. The positive feedback we've had far outweighs the criticism. I think it's important for our children to be thoughtful, caring members of society.

– SUSAN PAPAS, HEAD TEACHER

Mrs Montague’s threat of a judicial review of the school’s policy is backed by religious campaign group Christian Concern.