A boy of nine has returned to school as a girl in what is believed to be Britain’s youngest gender swap. Children at the school in southern England were told the child had left and been replaced by a female pupil. The child came dressed in girls’ uniform with long hair tied in a pink ribbon. The case comes after it was revealed yesterday that a 12-year-old boy had started his first term at secondary school in southern England as a girl. Some parents at the school have criticised staff for not informing them before telling children about the gender change at a special assembly.
Pupils were told to call the child by her new name which had been displayed on a classroom peg and warned that nobody should bully or tease her. A mother told The Sun: 'My son came home from school and asked why one of his friends had become a girl. 'I thought he was joking, but he kept asking - that’s when alarm bells began ringing. ‘The pupil’s classmates were told he had left and that a new girl would be starting in his place this term.’ She added: ‘They were told the new girl would be using the girls’ toilet and that no-one should tease or bully her. If anyone saw the new girl being bullied they should stick up for her.
It upsets me that staff didn’t mention it to parents before talking to the pupils. '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.’ The child is too young to have undergone sex change operations or hormone therapy.
A source at the school said: 'The boy had always been rather feminine but it was a complete shock to the teachers as well as parents when the family said he wanted to return as a girl.
‘But the school decided to support the child and worked with the family to make the transition as sensitively as possible. It decided to take this action after his case was confirmed by five doctors.’
Transgender organisation, the Beaumont Society said the nine-year-old child was likely to face bullying at school. A spokeswoman said: '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.’ Yesterday, it emerged that a 12-year-old boy had returned to school as a girl at a school in southern England. The boy, who has not been named and lives with his parents in a three-bedroom semi in an upmarket village in West Sussex.
His parents, who are fully supportive of his decision, have had his name changed by deed poll to that of a girl. But the change has caused controversy at his secondary school where an emergency assembly was called after the boy was targeted by bullies. The 12-year-old child’s family has been placed under police protection and parents who criticised the school and the child’s parent online have been threatened with arrest over their comments.
Lauren Harries, who changed sex aged 23, condemned the school’s handling of the issue.
She said: ‘For the school to announce her change in assembly, I mean what is that? A circus. It could have been done much more sensitively. Doing it in this way the child will suffer.’ Lauren, 31, who was born James, became well-known as an antiques expert who appeared on shows such as Wogan wearing bow ties and velvet suits as a child.