A Church of England primary school allowed a four-year-old boy to join as a girl, APA reports citing The Telegraph.
The child’s sex was hidden from classmates, who were described by parents as traumatised when they found out.
One of the parents of a child who was friends with the “trans” girl, told The Telegraph that the school has “robbed” her daughter of her childhood, as she struggled to come to terms with learning her friend is not a girl and that teachers “lied” to her about it.
Gillian Keegan, the Education Secretary, and Kemi Badenoch, the Women and Equalities minister, are both understood to be concerned by the situation and have pledged to intervene.
Mrs Badenoch told The Telegraph she was “very concerned”, and suggested that the school’s actions would be in breach of new government guidance.
She said: “Government guidance is clear that social transitioning is not a neutral act and is certainly unsuitable for primary school-aged children. I will be making sure that the school is aware of government policy and the law when it comes to gender-questioning children.”
The primary school in the south east of England allowed the boy to join the school as a girl three years ago, when he was four years old.
He is now in Year 3, which is for children aged between seven and eight.
A parent at the school has told The Telegraph how the trans-identifying child formed a friendship group with her daughter and some other girls in the same class, and she welcomed him to playdates. The mother, who was formerly a non-teaching staff member, had been told by the school not to disclose the child’s biological sex to anyone.
The parent said her daughter started behaving strangely last term, including by refusing to talk or listen to the radio on the way home, hiding under the table, and suffering from stress-induced insomnia and constipation.
She said that after repeatedly asking her child if something was wrong, her child told her earlier this month that she knew “the secret” that her classmate was really a boy.
The mother said her daughter was “distraught” that her friend had “lied” to her and that she had been “holding hands with a boy”.