SCHOOL DRESS ROW
THE parents of a six-year-old boy were making headlines this week, after they pulled their son out of classes because of a row over school uniform.
Sally and Nigel Rowe gave a series of interviews saying that they removed their son from lessons because another boy in his class was wearing a dress to school one day, and “boys’ clothes” another day.
The Christian parents from the Isle of Wight said their son’s mental health was suffering as a result, and that they might sue the school.
Mr Rowe explained: “When he got home from school one day, he said: ‘Daddy, I’m confused. There’s a boy in my class who says he’s now a boy but then sometimes he’s a girl.’”
The boy’s classmate wants to be recognised as transgender (someone whose personal identity and gender does not match the sex they were assigned at birth). According to Mr and Mrs Rowe, this is “confusing” their son.
They also believe that the boy at the centre of the row is “not old enough to make those decisions.”
The school say that by allowing the boy to come to school in a dress, they are doing nothing wrong; they say they are providing “inclusive, safe spaces where pupils learn to respect diversity of all kinds.”
A complicated gender row has grown from the school to the rest of the UK, as more and more people are hearing about the story.
Lots of you have been thinking and talking about gender issues this week. In last week’s issue of First
News we asked you: Should kids’ clothes be gender neutral?
Hundreds of you voted and commented on this poll, with 68% of you voting YES. Head to
first.news/polls to read some of the interesting comments.