Nine-Year-Old Male-To-Female Trandgender Is Announced In Assembly

September 19, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A UK school has come under fire for failing to alert parents that a nine-year-old at the school was making the transition from male to female.

The nine-year-old’s parents alerted the school just before the holiday that their son would be coming back to school as their daughter, and asked for assistance in dealing with the other children.

The school wanted to handle the situation as delicately as they could, and so held an assembly to let the students know that the male student would be leaving, but a female student would be returning. They let them know that bullying would not be tolerated, and that if someone saw the girl being bullied, they should stick up for her.

The story, which was originally published in The Sun, has created controversy from both sides.

Parents are angry that they were not alerted to the situation so they could be prepared to explain it to their children, who are elementary school aged.

“We have had to deal with the fall-out from all this. It’s not a situation I or other parents are comfortable with and we’ve not been given any help from the school about how to handle it. My son is too young to really understand the significance of what’s happening. It’s hard to explain to him,” a parent of one of the child’s friends told The Daily Mail.

The Beaumont Society, an organization for support for transgenders, has criticized the school and the five doctors that examined the girl, both for the handling of the situation, and the girl’s parents for their decision to allow a public transition at such a vulnerable age.

“This child is vulnerable to bullying and teasing. They and their family have been seriously misadvised. It is hard enough for an adult to change gender. To go the extent that this nine-year-old has gone is unique.”

This comes just after a story broke of a 12-year-old male to female transgender that returned to school with the same type of assembly as an announcement. The girl, and her family, have received violent threats from both students and teachers, and the police have threatened to arrest all who have made comments online to the family.

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