The New Mills School in High Peak, Derbyshire, distributed admission forms that included a selection of 42 gender pronouns, leaving parents perplexed.
These forms, meant for 11-year-olds, presented unfamiliar terms such as “zie,” “zim,” “zir,” “zis,” “zieself,” along with “ve,” “ver,” “vis,” “vers,” and “verself,” among others.
One dad, 52, whose son wants to go to New Mills School told the Sun, “It is just so bizarre. I don’t even know what these mean— I’m not convinced anyone does!”
The father expressed that children do not need to know this kind of thing. He said that the children are at such a tender age, and they want their children to be children as long as possible.
“When you see something like this, it makes you not want to take them seriously as an education establishment,” added the dad.
The father also claimed that he had spoken to other parents whose children are expected to start their studies at New Mills later this year. They said that they were equally baffled by the admission forms.
“It left my son very confused and upset. They are confusing the lines between male and female so much,” said the dad.
The dad added that the school’s policies need to be corrected.
drag ‘N’ Rainbows Pride Event
This is not the first time that the school has made headlines.
During the early days of June, the school was scheduled to have a Pride event called Drag ’n’ Rainbows. The students received a letter encouraging them to “wear something rainbow or colorful”. Aida H. Dee, a famous drag artist, was also expected to be a guest at the school’s event.
However, the school was forced to ditch the event because of complaints about it. The headteacher of New Mills School, Heather Watts, provided a statement through the school’s website that said:
As a school, we want to support all our pupils and were happy to support our student LGBT group to organize the event planned for Friday 16th June.”
“Due to articles that have appeared in the national press, I have now received a large number of emails, both supporting the event and expressing their concerns about the event.”
“I have taken the decision to cancel the event to avoid any potential disruption to the school on that day when many of our pupils will be taking GCSE exams,” added the headteacher.
Watts stated that although the school supports diversity, they must consider all their pupils’ well-being. He also added that many students were taking their exams, so they canceled the event to avoid potential distractions.
Robin Walker, chair of the Education Committee, told the Telegraph that although schools are allowed to have discussions related to LGBTQ+, these discussions must not be “beyond what most people would see as reasonable.”
“It sounds, in this case, like a school going well beyond that, and of course, that is a matter of concern,” he added.
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