Confusion for children: School installs toilet for transgender pupil, aged 6

NZ Herald 15 May 2016
Family First Comment: Yes that’s right. A 6 year old who apparently is fully aware of their ‘gender identity’ – aided and abetted by adults who should know better. Would you send your child to this school? And what happens when they change for PE and play sports and go on camps? #confusion

A popular Auckland primary school has been praised for installing a unisex toilet to help a 6-year-old transgender pupil feel safe and accepted.

The toilet was installed earlier this year with the support of the Board of Trustees and the Education Ministry after the child’s transition from boy to girl.

The Herald on Sunday has chosen not to name the school to protect the child’s privacy. Sources said that school-mates have happily accepted the child’s transition and parents who know the girl have also been supportive.

The school’s board chairman said their decision was about supporting a pupil. “We have a policy of safety around identity and culture, and that includes gender. We feel strongly that every child deserves to feel safe in the school environment.”

Other parents were not told, just as they would not be told about other measures taken to support a child, he said.
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