School allows boy to dress as a girl – against mum’s wishes

A 16-year-old boy has been allowed to wear girl’s clothes and make up at a school in Lanarkshire, despite his mother’s opposition.

Thelma McLean feels Calderside Academy in Blantyre is afraid to act, and thinks her view on the issue has been ignored.

She said: “I really believe this is a phase and I cannot accept it – I just want my son back.


“I had previously told the school I didn’t want him to go in dressed that way.

“I believe my feelings have not been respected when I said no.

“The school seems to be scared of getting into trouble if they take action”, she said.


Callum, who is going by the name of Stacie, wears a skirt, nail varnish and women’s underwear to school.

He is being allowed to use a disabled toilet and get changed separately from the other boys for PE.

The schoolboy said: “Now I can dress the way I want. I sound like a girl and look like a girl, so why shouldn’t I dress like a girl, it’s perfectly natural”.

Pupils’ rights

He wants to start taking female hormones next year.

Scottish Government rules say that 16 and 17-year-olds are “entitled” to consent to their own gender treatment, and “this consent cannot be overruled by their parents”.

Mrs McLean said she found Callum wearing high heels, a dress and perfume when he was nine years old.

Des Dickson, from South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The school has a strong ethos of respecting pupils’ rights and it is supporting this pupil and will continue to do so.”

Hormone blocker

In 2011 a ten-year-old boy was allowed to return to school after the summer holidays as a girl because he believed he was born the wrong sex.

The boy’s mother supported his decision, allowed him to dress as a girl and said he would start hormone blocker therapy, the first step to a full sex change, when he turned twelve.

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