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.

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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 to read some of the in­ter­est­ing com­ments.

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