Monday, November 25, 2019

ALL the colours of the rainbow appeared at Mountrath Community School as students took a stand against bullying.

Students wore tops, sweatshirts and jumpers in different colours from the LGBT flag of friendship, reflecting their commitment to making the school safe and supportive for LGBT students.

Research shows that one in five LGBT students nationally have suffered bullying at school. During Stand up Awareness Week from 11-15 November, Mountrath CS students took a stand against homophobic, bi-phobic and trans-phobic bullying.

Mountrath CS students display the LGBT flag of friendship during ‘Stand up Awareness Week’ at the school

Deputy-principal Monica White said all schools must work hard to educate the entire school community around supporting LGBT students and Stand up Awareness Week was part of that ongoing work.

Deputy-principal Denis Boland said it was wonderful that the school has the Amber Flag, which promotes positive mental wellbeing for all students.
On a colourful final day of the special awareness week, Friday 15 November, all classes chose a colour to wear from the LGBT flag. In the words of Ms White, it was a fun and happy day at Mountrath CS.
Students said they enjoyed sharing their understanding of the importance of standing up against homophobic, bi-phobic and trans-phobic bullying on a memorable day at the school.

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