Nigel and Sally Rowe have decided pull their 6-year-old son from a Church of England school in the Isle of Wight because the school allows transgender students.
The Christian couple is preparing to take legal action because the school allowed a boy, who identified his gender as a girl, to be treated as a girl, notes The Christian Post.
Sally expressed her dismay in a press release from the Christian Legal Center:
There was no consultation with other parents. Our son, like others, was struggling with starting school life, and with the school’s suggestion that young children can change gender. So we felt that we could no longer allow him to attend the school.
Nigel was outraged by the school’s tolerance and acceptance of a second transgender child:
Incredibly, a similar situation occurred again when our youngest son was six years old. A child, also aged six, would come to school one day as a boy, and on another day as a girl.
Unsurprisingly, we raised our concerns with the school when our son came from school saying he was confused as to why and how a boy was now sometimes a girl!
The suggestion that gender is fluid, conflicts sharply with our Christian beliefs as a family.
At six years of age children are exploring all sorts of new ideas and feelings. They do not have the emotional stability or maturity to make any life-changing decision, even if there was one to be made. This time we really felt that we had to challenge the school.
Nigel did not mention any of his credentials to back up his definitive statements about the development of children and gender identity.
The school defended its inclusion of transgender students, and said “the refusal to acknowledge a transgendered person’s true gender e.g. by failing to use their adopted name or using gender inappropriate pronouns” amounts to “transphobic behavior.”
The church school also stated:
Additionally, when a parent or carer raises a concern about the feelings of their child when spending time in the company of a transgender identified pupil, support work is aimed at answering the question: “How can we make your child feel better?” rather than compromising the rights of the transgender child.
Nigel insisted that he and his wife, who oppose transgender students, are not transphobic, per their religious faith:
As Christians, we believe that all people are valued and loved by God. But we also believe in the goodness of God’s created pattern of male and female. We certainly don’t have an irrational fear of those who are suffering from Gender Identity Disorder. In fact, we want to see them get the proper help that they need.
But the school’s behavior has created a direct clash between our family’s rights and freedoms, and the imposition of this new ideology. We, and our children, are being bullied into accepting a new moral framework which strongly conflicts with what we really believe.