Parents remove child from school over transgender classmate

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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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14 comments

Paul - September 11, 2017 at 6:06pm

Facinating. Liberalism really is battering religeous ideology at the minute. If they have to accept the wishes of the 6 year old child then they must also respect the wishes of those parents do they not ?
Id say the parents are of an age to understand this situation and to know if its right for there children.
Does a six year old know enough at the age of 6 they want to change gender.
We know alot now about mental illness and disorder. However liberals refuse to accept the idea the genderdysmophia could fix that classification.

Nemo Momenti - September 11, 2017 at 6:42pm

XX is female, XY is male: anything else is make believe.

Jane Clar - September 12, 2017 at 10:56am

Many of these situations are for example XX born with male genitalia. Society does not label your gender on your chromosomes but on your genitals. This is why there is conflict in situations like this.

Matt - September 11, 2017 at 9:22pm

A Church of England School? Good grief.

Martin - September 11, 2017 at 10:17pm

How can a boy of six years of age know he wants to be a girl? My six year old boy changes his mind every other day about what he wants to wear or play with or who to play with.

Nadine Roe - September 12, 2017 at 11:01am

Some cases are as you are saying – children being children. I work in childcare and a lot of boys look into the dressing up chests and play with the clothes and girls play with trucks etc. These are social constructs that we create. If a boy wants to play with a doll today and a car tomorrow – good. Like you say they choose what to do and change it every minute.

In cases of transgenderism (for example someone with an XY chromosome is born with female looking genitalia) children as young as 4 have been reported as feeling in the wrong body. They do this in ways like pulling at their penis and shouting that they want it off. A lot of parents already know there is something wrong. This is a very serious situation. Not being sure of what gender you are is one of the basic fundamentals of life and something we take for granted.

Nick - September 11, 2017 at 10:51pm

“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”

Well… They’ll just have to “un-confuse” him, won’t they?

Of course, they are not happy with pulling their son off the school and they will sue. That’s what any ignorant person would do in a case like this.
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Mel - September 11, 2017 at 11:00pm

The parents of the child who have removed him from school are clearly very narrow minded and need to accept the diverse world we live in. They are doing their own children more harm than good not explaining that not all people are alike.

spinner - September 12, 2017 at 10:57am

Gay people should be free to form legal relationships but they should not be allowed to call them marriage as a marriage is between a man and a women.

This transgender fad is just part of the decline in our society and we are very quickly entering uncharted waters as far as I can see.
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spinner - September 12, 2017 at 12:14pm

Maybe a link to the actual BBC article is more palatable and won’t get moderated.

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Cameron Paterson - September 12, 2017 at 1:28pm

Spinner – that link was moderated for two reasons:

1/ We no longer allow most outgoing links in comments: see our revised moderation policy.
2/ Irrelevance. What did it to do with children who may or may not be transgender? In addition, the identity of the family involved in this story is now public knowledge.

spinner - September 12, 2017 at 4:13pm

1. Fair enough
2. It’s certainly not irrelevant. It’s another example of an issue along with transgenderism and gay “marriage” that is being pushed by the same groups of people as in liberals and leftists that takes our society further away from the what has provided stability for thousands of years. I have no issue with changes in society but pushing all of these changes through together so quickly will inevitably cause a backlash and increase instability.
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Cameron Paterson - September 12, 2017 at 5:14pm

Well, you’re welcome, of course, to express your views on family issues here – we’re politically neutral – but we’ve unfortunately had to moderate yet another of your comments today. Given the emotive nature of the issue and the sensitive nature of the story (involving young children), we were concerned that leaving your comments intact could read as some sort of insinuation about the families involved: who have, as noted earlier, both been identified by the rest of the media. We hope you will understand.

Paul - September 13, 2017 at 12:32am

Well. Not sure what the bible actually says about gender ambiguity. I know there are some pretty grim paragraphs in ‘laviticus’ which makes it pretty clear there is no room for homosexuals in the Christian heaven. Which an ‘astonishing’ number if gay clergymen seem to regard as ‘Not the real bible’ – I think the whole gender swapping thing may be too outlandish to have found condemnation in the bible. Which means the parents have a tough case rellying on the bible to get them out of this one.
Tranvestism does not necisarily require you to be gay. So they might just avoid the fire and brimstone on a technicality. Or maybe not. May come under the classification of faunication or debauchery. I guess we will find out lol

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