Peer defends pupil at centre of ‘transphobia’ storm

A female student who was bullied out of school for questioning a Peer’s views on biological sex, has been backed by the parliamentarian.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, the Baroness said the unnamed 18-year-old sixth-former had “the right to make her views known” on transgender ideology during a school debate.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi described the alleged harassment as “hugely concerning” and defended the belief that “a woman is an adult human female”.


The student claimed that after the debate, in which she had ‘respectfully disagreed’ with the Peer’s views, she was confronted by up to 60 other pupils screaming at her, which caused her to collapse from breathing problems.

Eventually, the bullying became unbearable and the sixth-former decided to leave the school.

An anonymous member of staff called it “chilling” to witness the situation, saying “this sort of affair will be repeated again and again if we fail to see what this ideology is and the way that it operates”.

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Seeking to clarify what had happened during her visit to the school, the Baroness told the newspaper: “I spoke about a wide range of human rights issues.

“One young woman challenged some of my views and was treated with the same courtesy as everyone else who took part.”

She added: “I was not aware of any consequences from our interactions and thought that we had parted on amicable terms.”

The Mail on Sunday has not revealed the name of the parliamentarian to protect the identity of the student involved.


On hearing of the original exchange and its aftermath, author JK Rowling tweeted: “The girl’s crime? Saying ‘sex exists’.”

The student at the centre of the storm has since expressed her appreciation for Rowling’s support.

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