A British Christian couple has started court proceedings against a primary school after their 6-year-old son told them that another boy in his class was allowed to be treated as a girl and came to class wearing a dress.
The parents of the boy, Nigel and Sally Rowe claimed that the school had bullied them into “accepting a new moral framework which strongly conflicts with what we believe in”.
They were surprised when their child came home one day confused. The father told the Sunday times that his son said: “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.”
When informing themselves about the issue at the school, the parents had to hear that they were not very tolerant. The school defended their behavior towards the other boy, stating that: “The refusal to acknowledge a transgendered person’s true gender” was ‘transphobic behavior’.”
Mr. and Mrs. Rowe has consulted with a lawyer, who will argue that the school is, in fact, disallowing them bringing up their sons with Christian values.
An adviser for the couple, Miss Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre, has made it known that: “Six-year-olds are far too young to consider issues as complex as gender and sexuality.”
When asked by the paper to respond to the allegations of them being transphobic, Mr. Rowe responded: “I’m shocked that just because we question the notion that a six-year-old boy can really become a girl, we are transphobic. As Christians, we believe that all people are loved by God. But the school’s behavior has created a clash between our family’s rights and the imposition of this new ideology.”
The case will go to court in a month’s time.