Parents remove child from school over transgender classmate
September 11, 2017 14 comments
A Christian couple have removed their son from his school after one of his classmates was allowed to identify as transgender.
They claim that their son came home from school confused and upset when one of the children in his class was allowed to wear a dress. The couple plan to educate the boy themselves, as they do with his older brother. He was taken out of the same school a year ago for the same reason: one of his classmates was permitted to wear a dress.
Their oldest son was “under stress by the confusion that was caused by having a boy in his class that decided that they were going to have a girl’s name and dress as a girl” the mother insisted. However when they approached the Church of England school, which has not been publicly identified, the couple was told “if a child wants to do that then we just have to accept it”.
Not content with simply removing their children from the school, the parents also plan to launch a legal challenge against it in which they will argue their right to raise a child in line with their religious beliefs has not been respected. Their bid has received support from the Christian Legal Centre, which has claimed that the couple have been called “transphobic” simply because they refused “to acknowledge a transgender person’s true gender”.
The father said he was “shocked by the suggestion, especially from a church school, that just because we question the notion that a six-year-old boy can really become a girl, we are transphobic”.
Jeff Williams is the Director of Education for the Diocese of Portsmouth, which runs the school. He said Church of England schools were “inclusive environments where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds” which comply with the Equalities Act 2010. This requires that they “accept the wishes of children and their families with regard to gender identity”. To do otherwise would be “unlawful”, Williams explained.
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September 11, 2017
Categories: Family Life