1. ITV Report

School flooded with homophobic messages after painting rainbow crossing to promote equality

A school in north London has been bombarded with homophobic messages after a rainbow crossing promoting equality was painted outside the gates.

Woodside High School in Wood Green painted the colourful crossing to mark LGBT History Month. But it prompted a furious backlash on social media.

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The school has been recognised in the past by LGBT+ rights charity Stonewall for its work to tackle discrimination. Pupils said the crossing was important to show their support for LGBT History Month.

The crossing shows everyone that we are willing to make a change and show out love and support for everyone in the community and how we embrace and welcome diversity among everyone.

– Callum Vellose, pupil

It's important to recognise the diverse nature of our community as well as the community of the world and the rainbow symbolises pride, love and the diversity of the LGBT community so I think the symbol is very important to have in our community.

– Patricia Sconko, pupil

Haringey Council said the school was confronting the abuse and the borough had a long history tackling discrimination.

In Haringey we've been confronting LGBT+ discrimination for decades. We defied Section 28 in this borough, we had a massive protest in 1986.

So this is something we've been challenging for a long time.

But in balance with all the negative comments, there are more positive comments and the majority are from Haringey residents.

– Seema Chandwani, Haringey Council