This is Matt Broomfield, 20, from Shrewsbury. He's a student at Oxford University.
And these are the opening lines of a blog he recently wrote for the Tab:
I dated a black girl when I was 17. When my school friends found out, some of them laughed openly in my face.
They asked me if her vagina smelt of shit. They made monkey noises. This happened in England in the 21st century.
Specifically, it happened at Adams' Grammar School in Telford.
When one of the three black guys in my year walked into a room, people would sometimes hide their possessions as a joke, because "all n____rs are thieves". People said "n____r" a lot, as a joke.
People said "faggot" a lot too. A friend of mine who left the school a couple of years before me often used this word; I have since heard that he has started sleeping with men at university.
Broomfield left Adams' Grammar School in 2012.
His blog describes how a Muslim head boy at the posh school was subjected to jokes about bombs and famine and how girls were treated with “secondary value” and were regularly “groped, bullied and harassed".
Here are some comments from a private Facebook page used by pupils from the school.
In the blog, he writes:
Adams' drilled into us that the strong were always superior to the weak. The ethos of self-advancement, self-protection and self-promotion was echoed everywhere from the assembly hall to the rugby field.
The arrogant confidence I learnt at Adams' taught me to capitalise on my privilege.
"You are Adams' Boys" ran the endlessly repeated litany.
We took it to mean "you are better than those dirty little shits at the comprehensive – you are better than those below you in the exam tables or weaker than you on the rugby pitch- you are better than everyone else because you have beaten them- you are better because you are Adams' Boys."
When I started university, I was a sexist and a homophobe.
Broomfield told BuzzFeed News the school has encouraged its pupils to talk about these issues during their form times.
He said the interest his post has received is "fantastic news – I wrote the article hoping that it would open up debate where there was little to none before".
BuzzFeed News has contacted Adams' Grammar School for a response.
The school has provided a statement. It told BuzzFeed News:
Staff at Adams' were saddened to read an article written by a former pupil that attacked the school, its ethos and values.
We disagree wholeheartedly with the view that Adams’ supports racism, sexism and homophobia and that such opinions are institutionalised within its walls. In fact, precisely the opposite is the case: we make every effort to educate our pupils to be tolerant and respectful of diversity, and to counter prejudices that are, sadly, still all too common in the world outside school. We also emphasise to our pupils that their academic talent should not be mistaken for moral superiority, but rather places a special obligation on them to use their talents wisely for the common good.
Adams’, like all schools, continues to be challenged by some kinds of unacceptable pupil behaviour, but nobody should be in any doubt that the ethos of the school, its policies, and its day-to-day practice, are all designed to eradicate such behaviour and to create young people who are confident themselves about combating racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of intolerance and prejudice.
An Ofsted inspection which took place last November praised “students’ excellent attitudes to learning and behaviour, their mutual respect for each other and support are significant factors in creating a positive culture for learning".
The report went on to comment “the school takes a firm stand against any prejudice-based bullying such as racist, homophobic and trans-gender bullying and sexism. Students stated they felt accepted for who they are. All students spoken to stated they felt safe at school and in the rare instances of bullying knew who to go to for support. They are confident that any bullying is dealt with swiftly.
"Students regulate their own behaviour. The sixth-form students, especially in boarding houses and the house system, are key to ensuring this. Older students model high standards of behaviour for younger students. They take responsibility for the care and welfare of younger students and ensure that school is a caring community."
The Good Schools Guide, who visited the school in July 2014, praised the school’s “very active and visible commitment to celebrating diversity. What used to be casually swept aside as male ‘banter’ is now no longer acceptable and is rigorously scrutinised for racist, sexist or homophobic overtones by the boys themselves."
The school would like to thank the many pupils, parents and Old Novaportans for their messages of support.
Adams' Grammar School is not a fee-paying school. An earlier version of this post stated otherwise due to an agency photo caption error.