A French teacher has lost her job after she attempted to prevent a trans student winning an election to become head girl. Susan Field said that the student wasn’t representative of the student body and that it would be inappropriate for him to be head girl.
Field has an unblemished teaching record stretching over 35 years, but she was dismissed from Ash Manor School, in Surrey for gross misconduct after a disciplinary hearing into her remarks. She lost the appeal.
The boy told the school at the beginning of the academic year that he identified as a girl and that his pronouns were female. He also said that he would be using a girl’s name. As the boy is too young to be named, he is being referred to as “Pupil I.”
She told the boy that it would be inappropriate for him to stand for the position of head girl. According to The Telegraph:
The disciplinary hearing in Coventry was told that, during the 10 to 15-minute conversation in May 2019, various pupils described Pupil I as “disgusting”. Other “hostile and derogatory language” was also used – which Ms Field failed to challenge, the panel said.
During the investigation, she admitted telling her tutor group that it is “not appropriate for a member of the LGBTQI to represent Ash Manor School”.
She also admitted that she felt at that time that “children as young as 11 years old might be confused or uncomfortable with having Pupil I as a role model”.
The teacher should of course have challenged the pupils who referred to the boy as disgusting. I certainly would have. I would have encouraged the children to be kind to the boy, include him in their social groups and show him some empathy, irrespective of whether or not they accepted that he was now a girl.
Where’s the harm in indulging Pupil I by calling him by the name he chooses and referring to him as she? There’s no harm so long as it ends there. He’s not a girl and should not be considered for a role that has been reserved for female students.
That would seem to me to be a reasonable approach. We used to apply compassion and common sense when dealing with gender dysphoria. A sinister ideology is being imposed on children. It’s anti-female or anti-women. A few years ago, when feminists began to claim that women were being erased, I thought they were being hysterical. I was wrong.