The lad, whose parents have changed his name to a girl's by
deed poll, arrived in a dress with long hair in ribboned pigtails. He is
preparing for sex-swap surgery.
Angry parents told yesterday how their kids were left tearful and confused
after school staff announced the boy pupil was now a girl.
They said the head teacher should have informed them in advance of the "sex
change" so they could prepare their sons and daughters and inform them about
They added that the school's failure to do so had left the boy to suffer
cruel taunts and bullying.
One mum said: "They behaved appallingly by throwing this hand grenade into
the room and then leaving the inevitable questions about it for unprepared
"Maybe we could have explained sexual politics and encouraged our kids to be
more sensitive if we'd had a chance to be involved."
Over the summer holidays his parents changed his name to a female one by
deed poll. He is preparing to undergo hormone treatment and surgery - and
could become the world's youngest sex-swap patient in the coming years.
The Sun knows his identity but will not reveal it. His mother told us last
night: "We are committed to ensuring the very best for our child. We are
working with other agencies to ensure our child's welfare is protected."
The 1,000-pupil school, in southern England, has given the lad a separate
toilet and changing room in the sports hall.
It is understood he hoped his transformation would go unnoticed as he was
starting secondary education and children stepping up from other primary
schools would not recognise him.
But his former classmates at primary level DID spot the difference - and
quickly spread the word.
The boy, who for years has told pals he yearns to be a girl, had to endure
spiteful jibes and was asked by some kids: "Are you gay?"
Teachers stepped in with the emergency assembly, at which pupils were
threatened with tough disciplinary action if they failed to treat him as a
girl or use his new name. Some bewildered youngsters burst into tears.
The mum, whose daughter was a classmate of the lad at primary school, said:
"She told me the pupil is already a target for bullying.
"And what has really upset the parents is that the school didn't see fit to
send us a letter first so we could explain it to our children in our own
"Parents surely have a right to know when their children are being
confronted with such sensitive issues as gender realignment at such a young
"They were simply told, 'You may notice one pupil is not present in this
assembly - that is because the pupil is now a girl.'
"Kids are by nature immature and insensitive. It is not fair either for the
child who is undergoing this change. The girl, as she now is, will go
through hell because of how this has been handled."
The lad was absent from school yesterday because of the taunts.
His family, who live on a council estate, have received threats and are
under police protection.
It is understood the head at his primary school insisted he was treated as a
boy - and used male toilets - despite his frequent "girlie" behaviour.
He wore a bikini instead of trunks at swimming lessons, dried himself on
Barbie towels, rode a pink scooter to school and wore pink ribbons in his
But a source at the secondary school, who referred to the pupil in both
genders, said: "His parents have accepted he has now chosen to be a girl,
and that's how he will be. She has not come into school since the assembly.
There were things that went on in the community which have been extremely
upsetting for the family.
"It was a knock-on effect from what was said in school. So they can't let
her come in for her own safety. We have no idea exactly when she will be
coming back, but she WILL be back."
Transgender counsellor David Hawley last night paid tribute to the pupil's
"strength of character".
He said: "It is very unusual for a child of that age to be that clear about
what they want to do. She has had a lot of support from her parents. So I
imagine she was comfortable with herself before going to school and now she
is discovering it can be a nasty world, which is hard at that age."
Psychotherapist James Caspian said the child would not be allowed hormone
treatment in the UK until passing puberty. Meanwhile he and the other kids
would have to cope with the shockwaves caused by the switch.
Mr Caspian said: "These children are old enough to have picked up a lot of
taboos from society."
German Kim Petras - born Tim - became the world's youngest transsexual at 16
earlier this year.