A Christian couple is suing the government because their child was left ‘confused’ when a boy in his class wore a dress to school.
Sally and Nigel Rowe pulled their son out of his Church of England primary school, on the Isle of Wight, and decided to homeschool him over the issue.
They told The Times it is ‘immoral’ to let children so young make ‘life-changing decisions’ like this.
Nigel Rowe said: “Boys are boys and girls are girls. We took this action with heavy hearts, but having seen how this issue has escalated, we feel vindicated and believe the government must be challenged.”
His wife added: “Six-year-old children are not able or even allowed to make decisions on voting or having a tattoo, for example – it is, therefore, immoral to think that they can make such life-changing decisions at such a young age.
“As a society, we are called to protect children, and these guidelines and the culture they are embedding in primary schools is achieving the opposite.”
The couple is reportedly being backed by the Christian Legal Union in seeking a judicial review.
They claim there has been a ‘failure’ by ministers to challenge the guidance because the Department for Education refused to intervene in their case.
They are believed to be specifically disputing the adoption of the Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance, which aims to promote ‘inclusion for all within education by improving services for trans children and students’.
In response to the proceedings, a Department of Education spokesperson said: “We recognise that issues relating to gender identity can be complex and sensitive.
“Schools are best placed to work with parents, pupils and public services to decide what is best for individual children – and what is best for all others in the school.”
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