Porn Lies Hit School; Staff and Parents Horrified over False Allegations Made Online

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Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR

A SCHOOL has fallen victim to an internet spoof claiming its website contains pornography.

Gosforth High School in Newcastle has been targeted by the Net Authority site, which is believed to have been set up by a teenager in the US for a joke.

The site claims it is on a mission to rid the worldwide web of "pornography, depravity, blasphemy and all kinds of hate propaganda".

The Net Authority site says the school's website contains "pornographic material, hateful material, blasphemy, offensive political material and bestiality" - none of which is true.

The site then gives a caution stating: "This website contains strongly offensive material and is not suitable for young children. Click the link below at your own risk."

One mum, whose 16-year-old son sat his GCSEs at Gosforth High this summer, said: "When you look on the website it appears to be genuine and I can see why people fall for it. It's only when I put 'Net Authority' in a search engine that I saw other sites saying it was spoof.

"It is worrying that there is a site out there claiming really disgusting things about our school. It could put parents off from sending their child to Gosforth.

"The people behind the site are really irresponsible. Things like this are not funny, it just damages reputations for no reason."

Gosforth High's senior manager, Christine Edwardson, said: "There is absolutely no truth in what the website says and we'll do all we can to get the school removed from the site. It is extremely worrying that there are people who run sites like this."

A spokeswoman for Newcastle City Council said Gosforth High's contained only formal school information, such as its policies and news of latest events, and had never contained inappropriate material.

She added that this was a matter for the school to deal with independently and the authority would not be getting involved. Other websites Net Authority lists as breaching the policy include Christian Aid, the children's TV show Lazy Town and a charity committed to helping starving children in Africa. The site - netauthority. …