Nigel and Sally Rowe, two parents in the United Kingdom, are planning a legal challenge against a Church of England primary school after a student in their child's class has asked to be recognized as transgender, accoring to The Huffington Post. The Rowe's have removed their child from the school.
Despite the bigoted gesture, the parents insist that they “show love to anyone and everyone” and insisted that the situation would cause "confusion" in their own children. They're asking for the trans child in question to be taken out of the school and educated in private.
“It was the fact that he was identifying as a girl some days and as a boy other days, so the fact that he was dressing up in that manner and was trying to portray that particular gender on that day ... So for us it was very difficult because it’s inconsistent,” said Nigel Rowe.
“I don’t believe that’s the case. I don’t believe it’s that they’re not accepted... I don’t think people are bullying those children in any shape or form. I don’t think that’s the case,” he added when asked to consider the high suicide rates among transgender individuals, who face intolerance and bullying.
“Many parents are concerned that they are going to have their son or daughter going to school, and the next thing they know, they’ve got children who are coming dressed in a different gender," he continued. "All the kids are equal but actually we have a social understanding that we have boys and we have girls. There’s a distinct difference. Not just in what you wear but also in our DNA, the way we are ... and we feel that there’s a political agenda that’s sort of pushing this and driving this. Remember, we are taking children that are 6 years of age. A 6-year-old... doesn’t have the mental capacity to work out those kind of things at such a young age.”
Conservative MP Anna Soubry and Labour MP Stella Creasy, as well as many others, criticized the parents for their essentialist beliefs on Twitter:
Recent reports indicate that 64 percent of UK trans students are bullied for being LGBT at school. One in 10 trans students have had their lives threatened.
“While a growing number of schools are supporting their trans pupils, too many are not equipped to do so... It is vital that this is remedied as a matter of urgency,” reads the report.
In the United States, those statistics are even more disheartening. According to the National Transgender Center for Equality, 75 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school. A recent study reports that between 63 to 78 percent of trans people experience sexual and physical harassment at school.
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