Top gym sixth graders send a newsletter to girls as young as 11 years old explaining how to tie their breasts to ‘look more masculine’ and how surgery can remove tissue if it hurts too much
- Gymnasium students received a newsletter explaining how to bind the breast
- Asked Nonsuch High School to report to the Ministry of Education
- In a statement, the school defended the newsletter, saying it is intended to “ inform and promote understanding of LGBTQ + issues ”
Sixth teachers of a top gymnasium have sent a newsletter to the students from the age of 11 explaining how to bind their breasts.
The move prompted the Safe Schools Alliance to report Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam, Surrey to the Department of Education.
In a statement, the school, which is headed by Amy Cavilla, defended the newsletter, saying it aims to “ inform and advance understanding of LGBTQ + issues. ”
Sixth students at a Nonsuch High School in Cheam, Surrey, sent a newsletter to students aged 11 and up explaining how to bind their breasts
The move prompted the Safe Schools Alliance to report Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam, Surrey to the Department of Education. Headteacher Amy Cavilla is pictured above
The newsletter gave people instructions on how to tie their breasts for a ‘flatter, more masculine look’ and included links to sites with more information about the practice.
According to a report in The times, if breast binding was too uncomfortable, surgery to remove breast tissue has been suggested.
‘I’m afraid girls will follow these links. I cannot understand why a newsletter would be made for girls in a school with such information, especially for girls over 11 years old. a mother with two daughters at school told the publication.
‘I can’t understand why a school would tell girls that you can tie your breasts so tightly that it damages your breasts and if it hurts they can chop off their breasts.
“Why are they telling this to my kids?”
Nonsuch last had a school inspection in 2013, which found it ‘continues to be good’ and celebrates diversity among students
The Safe Schools Alliance referred the school to the Ministry of Education, calling the newsletter “troubling.”
In a statement, the school said the newsletter, written by the LGBTQ + student association, was intended to “ provide safety advice to young people considering potentially risky practices … Interest and curiosity are not necessarily tied to a specific age group.
“Information can protect children who seek answers to questions they may have that they cannot safely find in isolation.”
Nonsuch last had a school inspection in 2013, which found that it ‘continues to be good’ and celebrates diversity among students.