A Christian family is considering legal action against a school in a row about its transgender policy.
Sally and Nigel Rowe send their six-year-old boy to a Church of England comprehensive on the Isle of Wight. Their son reportedly came home from school confused that a classmate was sometimes wearing male clothes and sometimes a dress.
The son was disciplined by the school under its anti-bullying policy for “misgendering” the pupil. The Rowes have since removed their son from the school.
Mrs Rowe told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that the children in the class were in a vulnerable situation: “They know that this child is a boy, but they are being forced to pretend that they are not a boy, they are a girl, and that’s quite hard for a child to get their head round.”
She said that other parents had been concerned that their children were coming home unhappy and confused. The couple may now take legal action against the school on the grounds that it has not taken full account of the best interests of pupils, including their son. They will also say that the school has not respected their right to bring up their children in accordance with their Christian values.
Mr Rowe said that the school should have begun a consultation process with parents, the local education authority and the Church of England.
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