A Christian elementary school teacher who was fired faces a lifelong suspension from class for not using a child’s favorite pronouns.
The request for a judicial review was rejected by a Supreme Court judge this afternoon.
Judge Honorable Ms Justice Farbey said the application “did not take into account the private life of child X”, who is “young and vulnerable”.
The teacher, known only as Hannah, to protect the child’s identity, tried to make legal history by overturning the ban.
After the court’s decision to block her application, Hannah said, “It’s not me that has been wronged, but all the children in our schools.
The woman, known as Hannah to avoid identifying the child, dragged her case to the High Court in what is a legal first in the UK after she was fired earlier this year. The case was heard this week at the Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre
“How else am I supposed to address the danger of the trans-affirmative policies in our schools causing such damage?
‘The role of the government is to protect. How can we hold them accountable if they don’t have to justify their harmful actions?
“This is not the end of my case.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center, said: “If there has ever been a matter of public law consideration, it is the weighty issues in this case.
“They go to the heart of how we care for primary school age children with gender confusion in our public schools.
“The matter doesn’t end here. Our client is driven by compassion and care and will continue for as long as it takes to ensure that children are kept safe in school.
“We are disappointed with this decision, but are determined to continue to champion the well-being of children.”
Hannah said her former employer has implemented a “transgender affirmative policy” that “can harm children.”
The child at the center of the dispute identified as transgender and Hannah was told the student wanted to be referred to a boy’s name (image image)
The child at the center of the dispute identified as transgender and Hannah was told the student wanted to be referred to by the name of a boy.
But Hannah, from the East Midlands, refused, saying it was “contrary to her Christian faith.”
“Based on scientific evidence, my Christian beliefs, and the heartbreaking stories of the transitioners, I could not knowingly participate in harming a child,” she said.
“Because I care so much about children, I’m taking this action. It’s not about proving I’m right, it’s about the safety of a seriously distressed child.’
Hannah said she misses the kids in her class and didn’t get a chance to talk to them before being dropped off.
Instead, she said she was guided through the school grounds and “now faces losing the career that” [she] Loves’.
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“I believe we are terribly and wonderfully made. We should be encouraging kids to see how amazingly their bodies aren’t leading them down a path of irreversible damage,” she said.
Hannah was initially suspended and later fired for gross misconduct after alleging the school’s “transgender-affirming” policies could harm children.
She claimed that the child could harm X if it unconditionally encouraged the belief that the child was “in the wrong body.”
Mr O’Dair, who represents Hannah, told the court that his client had rightly expressed concerns about the student as a matter of the teacher’s responsibility.
“Safety is a responsibility of all staff and we know of course that in this case the claimant brought the matter to the school,” he said.
“In my comments, the key point here is that when the Plaintiff expressed her concern, the recipients were presented with a set of clearly credible medical evidence indicating that most prepubescent children recovered equanimity through the process of puberty.
“We argue that given the medical evidence and what was known about Child X, the local government should have made inquiries to ensure the child’s protection.”
The court heard that the school’s teaching staff was required to attend a seminar where they were given resources that were “just confirmation of the transition.”