The mother of a transgender child has appeared on a television program and lashed out at the Christian couple who took their children out of a Church of England school which allowed a male student to wear a dress to class.
Nigel Rowe and his wife Sally had decided to remove their 6-year-old son from the Church of England school after it allowed a male student to wear female clothing to class. They are now planning to educate their child in their Isle of Wight home and to also sue the school for allegedly not respecting their right to raise their kids based on Biblical values, The Telegraph reported.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, Nigel voiced out their concern that their son was confused over his male classmate's practice of coming to school dressed as a boy and sometimes as a girl. The Christian couple acknowledged that gender dysphoria needed to be dealt with in a compassionate manner but also believed that teaching kids to embrace transgenderism was wrong.
Meanwhile, the mother of the transgender child appeared on "This Morning" and expressed her outrage over the Christian couple's views on transgenderism. Susie Green, the CEO of transgender charity Mermaids, also took issue with the publicity that the case has caused, The Express relayed.
"I was outraged to be honest. They clearly didn't have any thought of the impact it would have on the children of the families they had outed because the Isle of Wight is a small community, so it's going to be very obvious for everybody who they're talking about," said Green. "They said that the child needs to be taken aside somewhere private, so what, are they saying that trans children don't deserve to be with the population of the school?"
The school, which has not been named, has explained that transgender students were protected under the Equalities Act of 2010. A representative from the Diocese of Portsmouth also said its schools practice inclusivity and respect all kinds of diversity.