The parents of a six-year-old boy have removed him from his primary school in a row over whether another pupil should be recognised as transgender.
After their son came home from school confused about whether another child was a boy or a girl, Nigel and Sally Rowe removed their son from his primary school in the Isle of Wight.
Nigel Rowe and his wife Sally are home-schooling their sons, aged eight and six, on the Isle of Wight after claiming boys at the school had been allowed to wear dresses to class.
The Diocese of Portsmouth, which runs the Church of England school said it was required to “respect diversity of all kinds”.
However, the couple believe the school should have consulted all parents about these beliefs.
The suggestion that gender is fluid conflicts with the the Rowe family’s Christian beliefs and they are seeking a legal challenge against the school’s actions.
The school told Mrs Rowe that “if a child wants to do that then we just have to accept it”.
However, the Rowe’s son, under the school’s bullying policy, faces being disciplined for “mis-gendering” the six-year-old pupil.
Mr Rowe said: “I am 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.”
Mrs Rowe said: “We believe he 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.”
Both parents say that the school’s handling of the situation did not show proper regard for the possible long-term emotional and psychological effects for the two young children seeking to change gender, or for the confusion and concern caused to other people by the suggestion that boys are not always boys, and girls are not always girls.
Source: The BBC