***UPDATE: June 21, 2023: 10:30 AM EST***
The entire kerfuffle began when one student questioned another on her “cat” identity.
It appears that identifying as animals has become a real problem in schools in the United Kingdom.
From The Telegraph:
The incident at Rye College, first reported by The Daily Telegraph yesterday, was not a one-off. Inquiries by this newspaper have established that other children at other schools are also identifying as animals, and the responses of parents suggest that the schools in question are hopelessly out of their depth on the question of how to handle the pupils’ behaviour.
The Telegraph has discovered that a pupil at a secondary school in the South West is insisting on being addressed as a dinosaur. At another secondary school in England, a pupil insists on identifying as a horse. Another wears a cape and wants to be acknowledged as a moon.
The Telegraph interviewed a student in Year 11 — the equivalent of 10th Grade in North America — says that a student in her class identifies as a cat, meows in response to the teacher’s questions, and “feels very discriminated against” if “catself” pronouns aren’t used.
The student goes on to explain how disruptive this is in a classroom.
“It’s affecting other people and their education and everybody in their lessons. It’s distracting to sit in a lesson and have someone meow to a teacher rather than answer in English, especially at secondary school age.
“That’s going to take a lot out of a lesson because people are going to spend the entire lesson talking about whoever it is over there meowing to the teacher.
“It’s a big ask to sit there and listen to someone answer like that and not have that be the main talk of the classroom rather than the lesson going on.”
The pupil blamed social media, saying students were being influenced by accounts run by people who identify as trees and animals. It started “around Covid”, she says.
“When it first started, it didn’t really go out into real life that much. It stayed confined to social media, but then as it got more popular and more people were finding out about it, people then started bringing it into real life situations.”
The Telegraph also spoke to a pupil at a school where one student, who identifies as “moonself”, wears a cloak to school, described by a fellow pupil as “like a Harry Potter wizard cape”.
The child in question did not identify as the Moon, but as a moon, and said they could put curses on people.
But while other pupils would be pulled up for wearing non-uniform items, such as facial piercings or dyed hair, children who identified as cats or moons would be allowed to wear cat ears or cloaks to express their “true self”, breeding resentment among other pupils.
Source: The Telegraph (archived)
Teachers are normalizing this insanity.
The teacher told the students defending reality, “if you don’t like it, you need to go to a different school” and reported them to a senior staff member.
Extreme theories that separate sex and gender have rapidly spread throughout every area of society including schools.
While the activists — who are more like proselytizing cultists pushing a neo-gnostic faith based on critical gender theory — seem to have captured the institutions, they haven’t won the hearts and minds of people.
Even the alleged “true believers” can’t keep the talking points of this ridiculous ideology straight.
A fantastic example of this is a brief exchange that a couple of 13-year-old students in the UK had with their teacher last Friday over the teens’ insistence that there were only two genders.
It’s pretty clear that the teacher doesn’t know what she’s trying to teach the students when she claims that being intersex is a third gender (it isn’t) and insists that the teens’ views contribute to the global problem of “homophobia” by refusing to acknowledge that “gender identity” is different from biological sex.
It’s a bizarre argument because same-sex attraction is dependant on the biological differences between men and women.
Radical gender activists insist that “transwomen are women” and “transmen are men” but that gets rather complicated when it comes to same-sex attraction.
This is why Iran uses what the Western world calls “gender-affirming surgery” as essentially conversion therapy for gay men since homosexuality is unacceptable in the Muslim theocratic nation.
The incompatibility of the “LGB” and the “TQ+” is becoming starker as Trans Radical Activists (TRA) continue to push the insane idea that people can magically change who they are at a fundamental level simply on their say-so and we must all accept it — even when the alleged “trans” individuals are very young children.
A couple of teen girls aren’t buying it.
A “video” of the conversation was captured by one of the teens with her phone hidden in her bag. Her mom posted it on Twitter but has since made her account private.
Here is the video of the exchange between the students and the teacher that was uploaded to YouTube with a brief explainer by a YouTuber.
Here’s a transcript of the conversation between the teacher and the students.
TEACHER: How dare you! You just really upset someone. Saying things like, “Should be in an asylum.”
STUDENTS 1 & 2: (Together) I didn’t say that!
STUDENT 1: I just said if they want to identify as a cat or something then they’re like genuinely unwrapped —
STUDENT 2: Then they’ve gone mentally unstable.
STUDENT 1: Yeah, they’re crazy.
TEACHER: You were questioning their identity.
STUDENT 1: I wasn’t questioning… I was just saying about the gender. I haven’t said anything about them.
TEACHER: But what did you get this idea from that there’s only two genders?
STUDENT 2: ‘Cause there is.
STUDENT 1: That is my opinion.
STUDENT 2: That is my opinion. There is only two genders.
STUDENT 1: If I respect their opinion, why can’t they respect my opinion that there’s only two genders?
TEACHER: It is not an opinion. It’s not an opinion you can have.
STUDENT 1 & 2: Yes it is.
STUDENT 1: Yes it is. Loads of people think there are only two genders.
STUDENT 2: There’s only a boy and a girl.
STUDENT 1: There is no other private part. There’s only two.
TEACHER: Gender is not linked — Gender is not linked to the parts that you were born with. Gender is about how you identify, which is what I said right from the very beginning of the lesson.
STUDENT 1: Well, I just don’t agree with that, so why should I have to listen to what I don’t agree with?
TEACHER: Biological sex — there is actually three biological sexes because you can be born with both male and female body parts or hormones. Did you know that?
STUDENT 1: Yeah, then there’s three, not three hundred.
STUDENT 2: Doesn’t mean…
TEACHER: Yeah, there’s three in terms of biological sex, in terms of gender, there’s lots of genders.
STUDENT 1: I just don’t agree with that.
TEACHER: There is transgender, there’s agender — people who don’t believe they have a gender at all —
STUDENT 2: Yeah, but you can’t have that.
TEACHER: What do you mean you can’t have it? It’s not a law!
STUDENT 1: Yeah, it’s not a law, but it’s our opinion. We just don’t agree with it, we think it’s all just —
STUDENT 2: if you have a vagina you’re a girl and if you have a penis you’re a boy. That’s it.
TEACHER: But cisgender is not necessarily the way to be — you are talking about the fact that cisgender is the norm, that you identify with the gender — with the sexual organs you were born with or you’re weird, that’s basically what you’re saying…
STUDENT 1 & 2: Yeah. Yeah.
TEACHER: …which is really despicable.
STUDENT 2: How, when it’s literally true?
STUDENT 1: If I called my mum right now, my mum would be on my side.
STUDENT 1: Same. If I called my mum, she’d say…
TEACHER: Then that’s very sad as well, then.
STUDENT 2: How is it?
STUDENT 1: Loads of people agree with it there’s only a small majority [sic] of people that think that.
TEACHER: And why do you think we have so many problems in the world with homophobia?
STUDENT 2: But that’s not homophobia. That’s transgender.
TEACHER: Yes, it is.
STUDENT 2: I’m fine with lesbians and gay people.
STUDENT 1: Same.
STUDENT 2: I have nothing against them.
STUDENT 1: Same.
TEACHER: But gender is — there is a link in between it.
STUDENT 2: How? There isn’t one.
TEACHER: You’re saying that people can’t change who they want to be.
STUDENT 2: They can’t. Unless you get that a penis is actually —
TEACHER: You’re so wrong.
STUDENT 2: No, I’m not.
TEACHER: You’re confusing sex and gender.
STUDENT 2: No, I’m not, though, because if you have a vagina you’re a girl and if you have a penis you’re a boy.
TEACHER: Yes, you are.
STUDENT 1: You can’t have a vagina and be a boy.
STUDENT 2: …even then, you’ve got those genes.
TEACHER: Gender is how you identity — how you identify.
STUDENT 1: Well, I just don’t agree with that.
TEACHER: It’s not an opinion that we express in this school.
STUDENT 1 & 2: Yes, it is.
TEACHER: No, it’s not. And if you don’t like it, you need to go to a different school.
STUDENT 1: I did go to a different school.
TEACHER: I am reporting you to Miss Willis. You need to have a proper educational conversation about equality, diversity, and inclusion, because I will not have that expressed in my lectures when I’m teaching you about you can be who you want to be —
STUDENT 1: Everyone else thinks it.
TEACHER: …and how you identify is up to you.
STUDENT 1: Everyone else thinks it, they just don’t say it because then all this happens.
TEACHER: Maybe because they’re polite and maybe they’re sensitive.
STUDENT 1: I haven’t said anything in all of the lessons I’ve been in. It’s just because they turned around and started saying something, so I said, “How can you start identifying as a cat when you’re a girl?”
TEACHER: Well, they’re now writing a statement and I would imagine that you’ll be asked to write a statement as well.
STUDENT 2: We will.
STUDENT 1: Yeah, we will.
STUDENT 2: My mum will be fine with that.
— END TRANSCRIPT —
It seems that the West has fully embraced radical critical gender theory and is actively punishing blasphemers that view the world the way we have for all of human history until like five minutes ago.
As disgusting as that reaction was by a so-called “educator”, the worst part is that this is a Christian school that is affiliated with the Church of England.
A Church of England school teacher told a student she was “despicable” after she challenged another classmate who identifies as a cat.
The 13-year-old girl and her friend were rebuked by their teacher at Rye College, in East Sussex on Friday.
The argument spiralled following a class on “life education” in which they were told they can “be who you want to be and how you identify is up to you”.
One student allegedly asked a fellow classmate: “How can you identify as a cat when you’re a girl?”, which sparked the heated chaos.
Their teacher told them they were being reported to a senior leader and were no longer welcome at the school, part of the Aquinas Trust, a Church of England network of 11 schools, if they continued to express the view that only boys and girls exist.
Source: GB News
Absolutely shameful that it is a school within an organization named after Thomas Aquinas, author of Summa Theologica, and one of the greatest thinkers in Christian history.
The exchange with the students doesn’t seem to mesh with the Aquinas Trust values, and it certainly wasn’t the teens that were the problem — they were expressing their views on sexual dimorphism that both Christianity and science have held as true for millennia.
“Our values, founded on Christian principles, have excellence at their heart. We invest in teaching and leadership so that we deliver highly effective learning across the Trust,” said Kathy Griffiths, CEO of Aquinas Trust on the website.
Is it educational excellence to confuse students into believing that sex and gender are different and that there are three sexes and a seemingly infinite number of genders? No, that’s nonsense.
“As a Church of England trust, we place our Christian values at the heart of all that we do,” states the About Us page.
There is also a commitment to “fundamental British values” on that same page.
“Our academies promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We do this as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, through which we uphold the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of all children and young people in our care.”
Does that still include a commitment to the authority of Scripture including Genesis 1:1?
Aquinas Trust hasn’t issued a statement on the incident yet, but it will be interesting to see if they back the teacher or the students.
As for those two students standing up for the truth — way to go, girls! Totally badass!
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Culter, Georgina. “Student who questioned classmate ‘identifying as a cat’ called ‘despicable’ by teacher.” GB News. June 19, 2023. https://www.gbnews.com/news/sussex-news-rye-college-student-questioned-classmate-identifying-cat
Aquinas Trust website. AquinasTrust.org