The family of a young girl who “identifies” as a boy is upset that one of her teachers at school didn’t follow the expected transgender guidelines and use the preferred gender pronouns.
Joshua Sutcliffe teaches at an Oxfordshire secondary school in Britain and recently told the transgender student and a friend, “Well done, girls,” after noticing their good work on a project. The student “corrected” the teacher and Mr. Sutcliffe thought no more about it. However, six weeks later, he was called into the headmaster’s office and suspended over a “transgender complaint,” according to Breitbart London.
A “week-long investigation found him guilty of ‘misgendering’ the teenager, ‘demonstrating discriminatory behaviours’ and having ‘contravene[d] the school’s equality policy,’” the report indicates.
The school also said the teacher broke the rules and referred to the student by name instead of using male pronouns. Sutcliffe, 27, is being represented by the Christian Legal Centre which states the school doesn’t have “any formal instruction” in place on how to address LGBT students.
The maths graduate admitted avoiding using male pronouns for the pupil, but he explained to staff carrying out the investigation that, while as a Christian he believes privately that it is wrong to call a someone born female a male, he also recognised “my responsibility as a teacher and Christian to treat each of my pupils with respect.
“I have balanced these factors by using the pupil’s chosen name, and although I did not intentionally refer to the pupil as a ‘girl’, I do not believe it is unreasonable to call someone a girl if they were born a girl.”
The school countered and said the code of conduct demands teachers be aware “of sexual and cultural diversity of students.”
“I have been shocked and saddened by the actions of the school, which, in my opinion, reflect an increasing trend of seeing Christians, people like me, being marginalized in the public square, and our beliefs punished and silenced,” Sutcliffe said, adding that he was “reduced to tears” over the ordeal. “I have a deep conviction that we are all made in God’s image, male and female.”
But this is the new way of progressive culture: conform or be cast out.