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British school sends transgender girl home to change into boys uniform

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BOSTON, Lincolnshire, U.K. — A 16-year-old British transgender girl was told that she couldn’t take her GCSE exam (equivalent to high school finals) and was sent home by teachers to change into the boys’ school uniform.

Ashlyn Parram, who identifies as female, arrived for the exams wearing a girl’s uniform consisting of a skirt and blazer and was warned by the Giles Academy’s headmaster, Chris Wall, that unless “he” went and changed back into a boy’s uniform and presented “himself” for exams as a male, “he” would not be permitted to complete exams which mark the end of secondary education in Britain.

Ashlyn Parram, with her mother Miranda Johnson

Ashlyn, who has lived openly as a girl at home for two years but has dressed in a neutral fashion at the school to avoid conflict and abuse, went home and printed off a copy of Britain’s Equality Act, which she then took to school and confronted the headmaster.

Ashlyn pointed out that the law prevented Wall or other school officials from barring her from taking the test regardless of her appearance, after which he conceded that he legally could not prevent her from sitting the exam.

In an interview with the British tabloid, The Sun, Ashlyn’s mother, Miranda Johnson said that Ashlyn — who has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria — is a girl born in a boy’s body.

“The way Ashlyn has been treated by the school is just appalling. To be made to sit on your own during an exam like that is horrendous. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen in this day and age – especially not in schools,” Johnson said.

“The reality is she is a vulnerable teenager who needs the support and help of her teachers, not their opposition.”

Johnson said the family has filed a formal complaint against Walls, who they claim has failed to help protect Ashlyn, adding that she has been forced to endure a string of bullying and discrimination by pupils and teachers, without assistance or support from the school’s officials.

According to Johnson one instructor told the family that gender dysphoria doesn’t exist, saying, “This is Lincolnshire — we are a very conservative county — we don’t have things like that.”

A spokesman for the school said that “Giles Academy is an Ofsted Outstanding school in a caring environment with robust Equalities Policies. The Governing Body of the Academy rejects all the allegations. Our key concerns are to ensure our duty of care to all our students and to further ensure that they reach their full potential academically and become well rounded members of society.”

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22 more reader comments:

  1. She’s beautiful. And that school was terrible, sending her home like that.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:31am
  2. yea they were

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:33am
  3. rediculas…

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:34am
  4. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:36am
  5. Good for her for standing up for herself like that! An incredibly brave and inspiring young woman!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:36am
  6. I think I know someone who used to live in Lincolnshire. Lovelock, did you live there?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:37am
  7. I live IN Lincolnshire, yeah, but not near Boston.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:37am
  8. I’m horrid at geography.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:38am
  9. Wtf is wrong with some people like oms this makes me so mad like wtf

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 6:45am
  10. Just another example of how a tiny minority of so-called “social conservatives” who managed to get into positions of power over our children are pushing a radical social agenda, and promoting fear and ignorance. They are the ones ultimately responsible for bullying in our schools, and for the suicides the usually result. They should be fired for cause, and prosecuted for any violence they promoted or permitted, no exceptions.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:16am
  11. This is just another reason in the long list of why I HATE the concept of school uniforms. Everyone who likes them says it’s an easy way to keep students from picking on each other for looking different, but all of the schools I know that use them had “boys’” uniforms and “girls’” uniforms, thereby undercutting the “everyone looks the same” argument. If uniform-wearing schools had the SAME uniform for everyone, or everyone was allowed to wear whichever uniform (pants or skirts) they wanted, then problem solved. But fat chance that will ever happen.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:17am
  12. Why cant transgenderd boys and girls, dress the way they are CONFIDENT in? this is just wrong

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:21am
  13. huh?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:25am
  14. shameful

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:31am
  15. mean

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:33am
  16. absolutely horrible………………

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8:05am
  17. How narrow minded can they be. Well done to this brave girl for standing up for her rights!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8:06am
  18. a beautiful and inspiring woman. it’s also awesome to see such a great mom supporting and standing up for her daughter’s rights!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8:58am
  19. “This is Lincolnshire — we are a very conservative county — we don’t have things like that.” Just because you refuse to belive in a condition does not mean it doesnt exist, or is Lincolnshire a sppecial place that the laws of science don’t apply?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 9:03am
  20. So stupid. You’d think we’d be above petty crap.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 11:02am
  21. She’s beautiful, and people are stupid. I can’t wait until all of this hate is over with one day, and the people who were involved/were connected those involved in the hating are embarrassed out of their minds.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 1:04pm
  22. what a great mom!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 7:07pm