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Children have the right to be protected

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 11:30

Name and address supplied but withheld:
As a retired headteacher on the Island, I have every sympathy and understanding for the dilemma teachers and former colleagues may be experiencing to do with this issue (Transgender legal fight, CP, 15-09-17), particularly those at the CE school at the centre of this controversy. At the same time, I know my support has to be with the parents who have withdrawn their child from school.

I believe all children have the right to be protected. This includes being protected, at times, from themselves and from social trends that may be in vogue and, at other times, from those who would undermine the very principles and beliefs which they and their family stand for.
I appreciate the school is standing for a principle it believes to be backed by law, while the parents are challenging this, even to the point of taking legal proceedings. I know the parents have nothing but love and compassion for all at the school and would have avoided this step if at all possible but have principles and beliefs they cannot deny.
My hope is there will be a legal clarification of the extent to which the Equalities Act to do with gender is deemed to apply to children, and in particular young children of primary school age. I hope there can then be a way forward found which enables the protection of all children.

 


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