A Christian family forced to remove their child from public school is preparing to sue. The family claims the school’s overbearing, pro-transgender agenda interferes with the classroom and confuses young children.
Nigel Rowe and his wife Sally were flabbergasted when they learned that a six-year-old child in their son’s school was swapping genders. Sometimes the student embraced being a boy; sometimes he insisted that everyone refer to him as a girl.
A lot of six-year-olds can’t even read yet, it’s absurd to think that their opinions about gender should be respected. Most kids that age are still learning about sex and gender. Confusing them with transgender issues is a recipe for disaster.
“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,” Nigel and Sally explained.
“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.”
Constant gender swapping left their son confused and uncertain. When the Rowes addressed the school, administrators implied that they were bigoted. Bigotry is an ugly thing that should never be coddled. However, that’s not what was going on in the Rowe’s case.
After the school rebuffed their concerns the family decided to educate their child at home.
“This new transgender ideology is being aggressively imposed on unsuspecting schools, parents and children. It is delusional and abusive,” Andrea Williams, of the Christian Legal Centre said.
“School classrooms, which should be one of the safest environments for children, are rapidly becoming dangerous battlefields in a war brought on by a radical transgender ideology. Vulnerable children are being used as pawns and will be harmed the most. We need to call it what it is.”
Political agendas have no place in the classroom. A school’s pro-LGBT views shouldn’t interfere with lesson plans. It’s unreasonable to ask growing children to understand and accept transgenderism.
“He was under stress partly because of the way he learns as a boy – he enjoys being outside – and also the confusion that was caused by having a boy in his class who decided to announce that they were going to have a girl’s name and be dressed as a girl,” the Rowes said of their son.
All children must be respected. However, adults shouldn’t use children to act out their own fantasies. The research is clear, the vast majority of children who identify as transgender end up changing their minds. Adults who treat their childrens’ passing whims like permanent life changes do irreparable harm.
“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes,” said Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry.
Being transgender is mental disorder that can wreck sufferers’ lives. Afflicted adults may be able to find relief with surgery or medication, but it’s unreasonable to alter the bodies of children. And whatever a family decides, their child’s mental condition is between them and their doctor. There’s absolutely no reason to drag other children into the delusion.
“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” Dr. McHugh said.
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible… People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
Out of respect for students’ privacy, the Rowes have declined to name their son’s school.