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200 hate posts over rainbow road crossing at high school

True colours: The rainbow crossing at Woodside school in London brought a barrage of abuse from trolls PICTURE: SWNS

A SCHOOL was inundated with homophobic and abusive messages after it painted a rainbow crossing at its gates.

Woodside High School in Wood Green, north London, installed the crossing — the first of its type in the UK — last week as part of celebrations for LGBT History Month.

But it was quickly trolled with hundreds of messages, some accusing staff of ‘indoctrinating’ children.

Now the school has vowed to continue its work promoting equality.

‘Our rainbow crossing has been up less than 4 days & we have had over 200 abusive messages,’ it tweeted.

‘This may seem shocking to some, but for the LGBTQI+ community, threats, aggression & hate is a regular occurrence. Education is critical in addressing this LGBT History Month.’

Head teacher Gerry Robinson said: ‘The hundreds of abusive messages regarding Woodside’s work on equality will not deter us from continuing our work. In fact, it only encourages us further for we do not want our students to go into the world and face such hate.’

The crossing, funded by Haringey Council, was installed after a campaign by students at Woodside. The school holds the Stonewall School Champion Gold title, awarded by the LGBT charity to schools tackling discrimination against sexual and gender minorities.

Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton, head of education programmes at Stonewall, said: ‘All young people deserve an education that reflects and celebrates the diversity of our communities.

‘But we know from our research that two in five LGBT pupils are still never taught anything about LGBT identities and 45 per cent are bullied for being LGBT in Britain’s schools.’