A sixth form pupil who was forced out of her private school after challenging the ‘trans ideology’ of a visiting speaker has thanked JK Rowling for her support after other pupils ‘made me think I was mad’.
The 18-year-old teenager was treated ‘like a heretic’ for questioning a female member of the House of Lords’ arguments during a PSHE talk about transphobia in Parliament, one of her teachers said.
The pair parted amicably, but when she returned to the sixth form she was surrounded by up to 60 girls who screamed, swore and spat at her, leading to her being unable to breathe properly and collapsing, it was claimed.
A sixth form pupil who was forced out of her private school after challenging the ‘trans ideology’ of a visiting speaker has thanked JK Rowling for her support. File image
On Tuesday, JK Rowling waded into the row, tweeting: ‘Utterly shameful. Add this to the tottering pile of evidence that people in education and academia who’re supposed to have a duty of care towards the young have succumbed to an outbreak of quasi-religious fanaticism. The girl’s crime? Saying ”sex exists”.’
Following support from the author, the teenager told The Times that she is grateful the ‘important’ issue is being discussed, but fears the ‘sensationalisation’ created by Ms Rowling’s input.
The student told the paper that she has been mischaracterised online as ‘expressing ingrained prejudice’ but was questioning the baroness in a ‘measured’ way.
‘It made me think I was mad. Otherwise how could people turn on me so bitterly?,’ she said.
The student said that during the question and answer session, the baroness ‘was implying critical theory took precedence over biological reality in defining women’.
She said that on questioning the baroness, she was told that ‘trans people don’t have basic human rights’ in Britain.
After the session, the student said she apologised to the baroness if she came across as ‘rude’ in her questioning.
Teachers supported the teenager at first but abandoned her after other pupils accused her of transphobia, according to the report.
She returned to school on several occasions but was told she would be sent to work in the library if she said anything provocative in lessons, and was repeatedly bullied. She eventually left in September before completing her A-Levels, which she is now studying for at home.
A teacher at the school told the website Transgender Trend: ‘We know how these views are being silenced in the adult world through high-profile legal cases and the bullying of celebrities such as JK Rowling.
‘This is also happening in schools.’
Following support from the author, the teenager told The Times that she is grateful the ‘important’ issue is being discussed, but fears the ‘sensationalisation’ created by Ms Rowling’s input
He said that it was ‘chilling’ to see the student being branded a ‘transphobe’, and that while some have changed their positions, ‘the damage to her is done’.
The unnamed baroness was described as ‘a well known activist’, while the school was allegedly a member of the controversial Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme — which has faced claims it forces a strict interpretation of transgender ideology on its participants.
Noting that the pupil had challenged the speaker by saying she ‘respectfully disagreed’ with her, the teacher continued: ‘It was probably somewhat naive of her not to realise that this is indeed ”an ideology” and one with which you’re simply not allowed to disagree, however respectfully.
‘To question its basic tenets is simply heresy and heretics in one way or another need to be exposed, attacked and gotten rid of.
‘Even if they are such notable and seemingly untouchable figures as JK Rowling.’
The teacher said a group of sixth-formers arrived in an ‘animated state’ after the speaker’s visit, with a ‘significant group of girls verbally ‘laying into’ one particular 18-year-old who had had the audacity to question the position’.
The teacher went on to describe ‘the current transgender ideology’ to religious ‘fundamentalism’ and warned it was posing a ‘danger’ to schools.
He continued: ‘Narcissistic rage is the antithesis of righteous anger in that it is vengeful and vindictive, and (in its purest form) always seeks to annihilate and never forgives.
‘What happened in the 6th form centre, known these days as a ”woke pile on” is an example of where narcissistic rage masquerades as righteous anger in the form of ”gleeful outrage”.
‘Here, otherwise perfectly nice and agreeable individuals collude and congregate to show that they are on the moral high ground and ”on the right side of history”.
‘Also any waverers will be getting the clearest message of what will happen to ”them” if they don’t conform.’
It is understood that the school disputes both the teacher’s and pupil’s accounts.