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Student suspended for claiming scientific basis of gender

August 2019

A teenage boy has sparked a debate about free speech after he was thrown out of class for saying there are only two genders.

The 17-year-old from Aberdeenshire used his phone to secretly record a video of how he was reprimanded by his Personal and Social Education teacher.

Although the teacher said the student was entitled to his opinion, he also told him, ‘keep that opinion to your own house – not in this school’.

The video recording of the reprimand was posted to YouTube and the teen was later suspended for three weeks.

In the video the unnamed teacher incorrectly asserted that there are more than two genders by law and this was national school authority policy.

He dismissed the pupil’s challenge that such a policy is not scientific whatsoever, stating not every policy is scientific.

The teacher added that the authority is very clear that people are not to discriminate.

The boy responded that he was not discriminating, but simply stating that there are only two genders, and that anything else is a personal identification.