Christian parents are preparing to take legal action against the Government over transgender guidelines issued at their sons’ school which they argue ‘confused’ the boys so much that they had to be home schooled instead.
Nigel Row, 48, and his wife Sally, 46, pulled their children out of school after their six-year-old son came home confused that a boy in his class had begun inconsistently wearing a dress and identifying as a girl.
The couple, who have now been home schooling both their children on the Isle of Wight for four years, have objected to the guidance being given at their children’s Church of England school and instructed a legal team.
Lawyers for the couple have written to the Government stating they intend to seek a judicial review of what they say is a failure by ministers to challenge the local authority’s transgender guidelines.
The Rowes will pursue a judicial review over the Department for Education’s refusal to intervene in their case and the promotion of Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance, which aims to support transgender pupils.
Pictured: Nigel and Sally Rowe have instructed a legal team to challenge their sons’ school’s transgender policies
Nigel and Sally Rowe have objected to the guidance being given at their two sons’ Church of England school
These guidelines – which the couple say must be replaced with something that ‘protects children from partisan materials that lead them down a road of irreversible harm’ – state that transgender pupils ‘should be able to wear the uniform of their true gender’.
The guidelines add: ‘Provided the child is dressing in an appropriate manner for the school regulations, feels safe and supported and the clothes they are wearing are appropriate for them, there should not be an issue.
Cambridge Students’ Union publishes pro-trans guide claiming that being a woman is not just down to ‘biological sex’ – and accuses feminists opposing such views as being linked to ‘far right’
It was written by new women’s officer Milo Eyre-Morgan
Cambridge Students’ Union has published a pro-trans guide claiming that being a woman is not just down to ‘biological sex’.
‘How To Spot TERF Ideology’ accuses feminists who question this mantra as being ‘transphobic’ and suggets they could even be linked to the ‘far right’.
Written by new women’s officer Milo Eyre-Morgan, the guide accuses Terfs – short for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists – of having a ‘narrow definition’ of women.
The ‘Terf’ term has in the past been levelled at JK Rowling over her criticism of an article about ‘people who menstruate’.
The new students’ guide was rolled out at the prestigious institution’s freshers fair this month, which the 25,000-strong new intake of undergraduates were invited to.
Cambridge University and the Students’ Union have been approached for comment but are yet to say whether they back the guide or not.
It comes as gender rows erupt across universities, with activists berating students and lecturers who disagree with their views.
In one chilling case, protesters are baying for feminist philosopher Kathleen Stock to be sacked from the Sussex University.
She was this week thrown under the bus by her union, which she accused of ‘effectively ending her career’ by issuing a statement ‘in solidarity’ with ‘trans and nonbinary communities’.
‘Where children are free to choose clothing, making a transition from M2F (male to female) or F2M (female to male) may be harder as the change in clothing may be more obvious.’
The Rowes first publicly objected to the guidance in 2017 when they removed their second son from the school.
They believe it is wrong that young children have to confront the complex issue of transgenderism, and took action in 2017 after their six-year-old son came home ‘confused as to why a boy was now a girl’. His brother, eight, was withdrawn in 2016 over a similar incident.
Mr and Mrs Rowe accused the school of failing to respect their right to bring up their children in accordance with their religious values.
They said parents have not been consulted about the school’s policies to tackle transphobic behaviour, introduced to comply with the 2010 Equality Act.
According to the Times, the couple said that when they raised the issue, the school gave them the choice of ‘either affirming transgenderism, which they believe is harmful, or being labelled as transphobic’.
Mr Rowe said: ‘This is not just about boys wearing dresses. This case is about an ideology that is now embedded in schools, local authorities, and Church of England leadership, and is causing serious long-term harm to thousands of children.
‘We believe it is wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgenderism. Boys are boys and girls are girls. Gender dysphoria is something we as Christians need to address with love and compassion, but not in the sphere of a primary school environment.
‘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.
‘The Cornwall Guidelines must be scrapped and replaced with a policy that protects children from partisan materials that lead them down a road of irreversible harm.
‘We have been shocked that the government has refused to act on the clear evidence presented to them and face no alternative but to pursue a judicial review.’
And Mrs Rowe said: ‘We were given no choice but to home school our children. We, and our sons, either had to go along with what we believe is a lie or face being labelled as ‘transphobic.’ It is not possible for Bible-believing Christians to bring their children up in line with their beliefs under such policies and approach.
‘We have been blessed that home schooling for our children has been a positive experience, but we are concerned for other families who are not able to home school and are forced to risk having their children indoctrinated by these guidelines.
‘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.’
When speaking out about the issue previously, Mr Rowe has said they feel they need to ‘take a stand’ for parents in their position who feel there is an agenda going on that is overriding their Christian beliefs.
Nigel and Sally Rowe, who live on the Isle of Wight, first publicly objected to the guidance in 2017
Mr and Mrs Rowe accused the school of failing to respect their right to bring up their children in accordance with their religious values
A Department for Education spokesman told the Times: ‘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.’
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the family, said: ‘It is chilling that Christian parents who want to bring up their children in line with their Christian beliefs cannot trust state education to be kind to them and make room for them.
‘We will stand with the Rowes as they continue to seek justice and to protect the well-being of so many vulnerable children in primary schools.’
Source: Daily Mail UK