Despite parents saying they’re “unhappy” with the plan, the head of the school confirmed that students aged 4 – 11 years of age would participate in a series of chats and workshops about transgender issues.
Emma Maltby, head of the 100-student St Mary the Virgin Primary School in Hartfield, East Sussex, described the event as a way for children to learn about the values of tolerance, respect and celebrating differences.
“One of the areas we will be discussing shortly is gender identity, and we felt that it was important to involve parents in their child’s learning by holding an information session,” she said. “We have had a very positive response to the event and the opportunity to learn more about this relevant topic, although three families have chosen to withdraw their children from school.”
She continued, “St Mary’s is an extremely inclusive school which embraces and celebrates difference and encourages children to be themselves.”
“While some parents may have felt uneasy discussing a topic such as gender identity, our priority is to give pupils a well-rounded education and help them become responsible, independent people able to respect others.”
The program is purported to give kids “a chance to meet other trans/gender questioning children” and to take part in “fun games.”
One mother, who preferred to remain unidentified, asserted that young children should be “left alone” when it comes to such political correctness. “I don’t want my daughter being exposed to all this nonsense,” she said. “The whole thing is ridiculous and I hope the head gets the message and scraps it.”
Another parent who requested to remain anonymous said there was “great unease” among several parents. “Some parents announced their intention to keep their children from school on at least one day. Parents have said that they feel the welfare of their children is under threat from the instructions give in this document.”