Two parents have taken their sons out of school and are planning on suing the establishment after they learned that a transgender student was in the same class.
Nigel and Sally Rowe are now educating their kids at home and went on a UK talk show to discuss their decision with hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. As followers of the Church of England the Rowes believe that their views are being ignored by the school.
Meanwhile, the hosts try to defend the school and make the Rowes understand that transgender kids are perfectly normal, so there's no reason to get so worked up about it all.
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Nigel says: "The issue here is we're talking about primary school, we're talking about very young children, we're talking about children who are five, six, seven, eight. To us that seems extremely young to start pushing a social agenda on such young children."
Apparently, the Rowes first heard about the situation when a boy in one of their son's classes came to school in a dress. To this, Nigel and Sally claimed that the school was acting "without due regard to the best interests of their son or other pupils".
They believe that the school should have consulted them and other parents before allowing the child to come to school dressed in such a way. They also claim that the UK's 'Equalities Act' shouldn't count as any form of defence because gender transitioning isn't given to children, only adults.
People on social media were shocked:
— kelly hutt (@kellyhutt) September 11, 2017
— Gayley (@GayHay85) September 11, 2017
#ThisMorning let kids wear whatever they want, why push a skirt/dress or trousers on kids that want to wear the other? Let the kid decide.
— Victoria (@victoriakayexo) September 11, 2017
— Hollie Phillipson (@_hollie_p_) September 11, 2017
At one point, Nigel wonders aloud 'how far is it going to go?' before seeming to compare transgender children to kids who want to dress up as animals: "Are we going to allow children to come dressed as animals? This is extreme, I agree. For example, species dysphoria...how is that going to affect the other children?
"I think we've got to think about the whole picture, we've got to think about all the other kids."