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Revise 2010 Equality Act to protect oppressed students from harassment in school

Submitted on Friday 2nd April 2021

Rejected on Friday 11th June 2021

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: no-action (see below for details)

Petition Action

Revise 2010 Equality Act to protect oppressed students from harassment in school

Petition Details

Revise 2010 Equality Act: Chapter 1, Section 85, subsection 10 to protect trans, religious and non-heterosexual students from harassment in schools (sexual misconducts and all that apply), by making the application of section 26 for the purposes of subsection (3) relevant to those characteristics.

Additional Information

Because of subsection 10 within section 85 of the Gender equality act, students with the characteristics of (a)gender reassignment; (b)religion or belief; (c)sexual orientation, are not protected from harassment, including all that is stated within section 26- subsection (3) and (1)(b), within schools. It is ridiculous that harassment, significantly including of a sexual conduct, is not protected or deemed relevant under the equality act. Every student should be protected from harassment.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

Petitions need to call on the Government or Parliament to take a specific action.

The Government's guidance to schools (assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/315587/Equality_Act_Advice_Final.pdf) sets out that actions that would otherwise be covered by harrassment would be direct discrimination. We're not sure whether you want different protections to be available, and what that would involve.

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