School says claims of homophobia untrue

A Wellington College has hit back at claims of homophobia – saying it would allow two of its students to “date” each other at its ball.

St Patrick’s College student Malcolm Pimentel wanted to bring his friend, former St Pat’s student Keith Labad, but said he was told by rector Father Paul Martin that he had to bring a girl.

However, Father Martin yesterday told the Herald that the issue was not one of sex, rather that Malcolm’s chosen date was an ex-pupil.

When asked whether two boys from St Patrick’s could go together as each other’s dates to the ball, Father Martin said: “If they were both from St Pat’s that’s fine.”


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