Oxford teacher faces action over 'misgendering' pupil

Phillip Schofield This Morning

Phillip Schofield This Morning

According to the Mail, Sutcliffe said that he "did not feel" he should be forced to use the pronouns "he" or "him" for a biological girl because as a Christian it's a violation of his human rights. He thought he was in accordance with the school's policies, and said he has not encountered any problems with this, the Daily Mail reports.

The transgender student's parents also claimed Sutcliffe had unfairly given the pupil a disproportionate number of detentions for poor behavior, but this claim was later dismissed.

"I was absolutely shocked to be told by the head that I was under investigation".

Joshua Sutcliffe, who teaches math at a school in Oxfordshire, has been suspended and could be terminated from his job after the school had found following a week-long investigation that he had "misgendered" the pupil. It was surreal, Kafkaesque. He apologized to the transgender student, however, Sutcliffe faces a disciplinary hearing this week and officials could charge him with misconduct for misgendering, the Evening Standard reported.

"I said it was only one incident for which I had apologized, but he insisted the investigation would go ahead". "I had always tried to respect the pupil and keep a professional attitude as well as my integrity, but it seemed to me that the school was trying to force me to adhere to its liberal, Leftist agenda".

However, he had been summoned for questioning twice, and he was sent a letter telling him to attend a formal disciplinary hearing this Wednesday, attended by the head and three governors.

He said: 'I have never been trained to deal with this sort of thing. "I felt completely out of my depth and intimidated", he said.

He said he had raised religious issues such as the anniversary of the Reformation in his general tutor group, in which he encourages older pupils to discuss topical issues in the news, but not during maths classes.

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The state academy school which employs Mr Sutcliffe said the matter was confidential.

Sutcliffe has previously come under fire for his biblical view of gender and sexuality; several years ago, a voluntary Bible club he started during lunchtime was shut down after he answered a student's question on marriage by saying the Bible described it as being between a man and a woman.

Mr Sutcliffe said: 'I have been shocked and saddened by the actions of the school, which, in my opinion, reflect an increasing trend of Christians being marginalised in the public square, and unpopular beliefs silenced.

Sutcliffe, who is also a Christian pastor at Christ Revelation Church in Oxford, said he tries to avoid using gender-specific pronouns in his classroom in an effort to balance his beliefs with showing sensitivity to the student.

Sutcliffe thinks referring to someone by their birth gender isn't wrong or unreasonable, according to the Daily Mail.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre which is supporting Mr Sutcliffe in the case, said: "This is one of a large number of cases we are encountering where teachers are finding themselves silenced or punished if they refuse to fall in line with the current transgender fad".

The headteacher of the school said it could not comment due to ongoing disciplinary matters.

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