BBC Manchester filmed a school teacher in Warrington, Cheshire, instructing her class of six-year-old pupils to write gay love letters, and posted the video on its Facebook page, sparking a social media storm.
The video shows teacher Sarah Hopson from Bewsey Lodge Primary School telling the children to imagine they were Prince Henry and that they should write love letters to his manservant Thomas. She said: ‘You’re going to tell Thomas why it’s a brilliant idea for him to marry you’.
In its subtitles the BBC said approvingly: ‘This school teaches children about LGBT relationships from an early age. This class of six-year-olds is learning about gay marriage. In this fairytale, the Prince wants to marry his [male] servant. And the children are writing a love letter’.
Ms Hopson tells the BBC: ‘The more the children can be accepting at this age, you’re not going to face it further on, because the children will be accepting now and will be accepting this diversity around them’.
Facebook users accused the school of pushing lessons which are not age-appropriate, sexualising children at such a young age, and forcing children to write love letters as school work. But headmistress Emma Wright posted: ‘…so very proud of my school, the children and their families’.
The Brietbart website noted that the school, which also operates a gender-neutral uniform system, appears to emphasise cultural, ethnic, religious, and sexual differences, with its website advertising a video in which young pupils read from a script about equality, gender identity, and other social justice issues.