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'All children welcome at St Michael's'

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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THE school governor at the centre of the row over St Michael's Catholic Secondary School's approach to homosexuality has issued an apology.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, Joyce Sanderson distanced herself from comments made by Camborne pensioner Wallace Simmons and sought to clarify the school's position on all forms of discrimination.

She said: "Mr Simmons, who is in no way connected with the school, made some wholly unacceptable remarks to the press.

"I am afraid that in my attempt to distance the school from Mr Simmons's comments I may have further confused the situation.

"School policy is very clear that ALL children, irrespective of orientation, gender, race or ability, will be welcomed into the school.

"My reference to 'not encouraging' homosexuality was meant in the context of 'not encouraging ANY sexual behaviour at school'.

"This is not how it came across finally in the article, and I am deeply sorry for any offence that this has caused.

"There are so many things that we are proud of at St Michael's and I can assure you that any discriminatory behaviour, for whatever reason, including homophobia, will be dealt with robustly."

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