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Gay Miss 'ill due to kid jibes'.

Byline: GEOFFREY LAKEMAN

A LESBIAN ex-teacher is suing education chiefs because pupils called her Lezzie and Nasty Dyke.

Shirley Pearce, 56, says a tirade of anti-gay abuse left her mentally scarred.

Ms Pearce has filed a pounds 200,000 (pounds 290,000) claim for loss of earnings due to "personal injury".

The ex-science mistress joined Mayfield School, Portsmouth, in 1975.

She "came out" about her sexuality in the mid-80s and says abuse started in 1990. She was signed off sick before resigning due to ill health in 1998.

An employment tribunal, two appeals and the House of Lords have all ruled that she cannot sue the school under the Sex Discrimination Act.

Ms Pearce vowed yesterday to fight on to the European court if her latest claim fails.

She said: "I don't want others to go through the ordeal I've been through."

Her claim against Hampshire council will be heard at Winchester county court.

The council said: "We are defending the action."

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