“In April four policemen were sent to deal with 11-year-old George Rawlinson from Widnes, Cheshire, after he called one of his schoolfriends ‘gay.’ Two were sent to his primary school and two to his home.
“Cheshire police only dropped the matter when the boy explained he meant his friend was ‘stupid’ rather than as a homophobic insult. Schools have also been told to clampdown on use of the word as a playground slur amid fears it legitimises homophobia.
“Children’s Secretary Ed Balls published guidance earlier this month designed to clamp down on homophobic bullying, while a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers showed a huge rise in use of playground insults like ‘poof’ and ‘lezzie.’
“Mr Balls said: ‘I reject any notion that addressing homophobic bullying is political correctness for its own sake.
‘Even casual use of homophobic language in schools can create an atmosphere that isolates young people and can be the forerunner of more serious forms of bullying.’
Not like sending four cops to some kid’s house, you dumb fag!