Trans teen to sue school after being told his transition was ‘just a phase’

Bobby Rae February 2, 2017
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A trans teen is to sue his former school after it refused to let him wear a boy’s uniform, claiming it was ‘just a phase’.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, attended Hereford Cathedral School where it’s alleged he was told he “would grow out of it” when he asked to be addressed as a boy and wear boy’s clothes.

Trans teen to sue school after being told his transition was ‘just a phase’

He said that he was effectively excluded from the school after it claimed he was “attention seeking” and would not move on its position.

The teen’s mother has said that the school’s treatment is appalling.

“They made my child out to be a freak and someone who would contaminate other students,” she said.

She has now removed her son and believes the school don’t the ability to support his needs.

The school have rebuked the claims saying the boy was removed from the school before a meeting over his needs could take place.

“The continued happiness, wellbeing and safety of our pupils is the top priority,” it said in a statement.

“The family’s grievances against the school are the subject of current legal proceedings.

“For that reason, the school is unable to discuss any details relating to this matter at the present time, other than to state that it will defend its position in the proceedings.”

The Equality Act 2010 classifies gender identity as a protected characteristic and requires organisations to treat trans people fairly.

It gives legal grounds for recourse, with only a few exceptions.

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