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A House of Commons education select committee has found that Catholic schools in the United Kingdom aren’t protecting GLBT students from homophobic bullying.
Church officials in the UK have refused to set up government-recommended policies for dealing with the problem.
Catholic and some other schools also likely downplay the extent of anti-gay abuse to prevent bad publicity, the committee said.
The committee also is “concerned that some schools try to tackle bullying by attempting to change the behavior of the victim.”
“The focus of anti-bullying work should be tackling bullying behavior and making it clear that such behavior is not acceptable,” the MPs said. “We are concerned to hear that some schools are excluding the victims of bullying [from school] on health and safety grounds.”