A Christian family is preparing to sue their sons’ Church of England school after boys were allowed to come to class wearing dresses.
Nigel Rowe, 44, and his wife Sally, 42, removed their six-year-old son from the unnamed school after a male classmate was allowed to attend the primary school in a dress.
They intend to educate him at home on the Isle of Wight alongside his eight-year-old brother. The older boy was pulled from the same school – which has a uniform – a year ago when a boy in his class also started wearing dresses.
The couple are going to mount a legal challenge against the school, arguing it has not respected their rights to raise their children in line with biblical values. One option open to the couple is a judicial review at the High Court, which could have wide-reaching implications for schools’ responsibilities to transgender pupils.
Mr Rowe told The Sunday Times: “A child aged six would sometimes come to school as a girl or sometimes come to school as a boy.
“Our concerns were raised when our son came back home from school saying he was confused as to why and how a boy was now a girl.
“We believe it is wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgenderism, boys are boys and girls are girls.
“Gender dysphoria is something we as Christians need to address with love and compassion, but not in the sphere of a primary school environment.”
The school in question said transgender pupils were protected under the Equalities Act of 2010, and that it had policies in place to tackle transphobic behaviour. It defined transphobia as including a failure to use a person’s adopted name or to accept he or she was a “real” boy or girl.
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