2 Dec 2012

Sacked teacher against homophobia in schools

8:12 am on 2 December 2012

A teacher sacked from a Catholic college in Northland for supporting students campaigning for gay rights has told a conference that more needs to be done to fight homophobia in schools.

Nigel Studdart was dismissed from Pompallier College in Maunu in September after he helped students protest against comments made by the principal about gay parents.

Mr Studdart spoke at a marriage equality conference in Wellington as part of a panel discussing homophobia.

He endorsed calls made by other panelists that the Education Review Office needs to check that every school has an anti-homophobic bullying policy.

Mr Studdart has filed a personal grievance claim against his former employer and hopes to be reinstated after mediation later this month.