A 17-year-old Scottish teen was kicked out of class and subsequently suspended for a stunning three weeks from his Aberdeenshire-area school after he had the audacity to push back on a teacher’s opinion on gender.
When the teacher allegedly told the class that a website was “old fashioned” for having only two gender options available, the teen spoke up to tell him that, biologically speaking, there are only two genders: male and female; anything else is a “personal” identification. That was enough to get the student booted from class. In a now-viral exchange, which was secretly taped by the student, the teacher rehashed the issue with the teen in a classroom alone, chastising the boy and telling him he needs to keep his opinions in his “own home.”
The teen has remained anonymous, a report from The Daily Mail said, but, according to his friends who spoke to the outlet, he taped the exchange with his teacher to expose the “dangerous” ideology being spouted to students as truth.
“He decided to film the teacher because he wanted to show what was going on in schools today for simply stating there are only two genders,” one friend of the student said. “He has nothing against anyone who identifies as LGBTQ, but completely disagrees that there are more than two genders and that it’s a social construct.”
The teen “believes telling kids that boys are girls and girls are boys is a very dangerous thing and wanted to get his views across to the teacher,” he continued. “His view is that scientifically there are only two genders. This new gender theory that there are unlimited genders is something that should be discussed and debated – not just thrown into a class discussion and if you disagree you get kicked out of the room.”
The video of the exchange begins with the teacher telling the student he is “entitled” to his “opinion,” according to The Blaze.
“If I am, then why did you kick me out of class?” the student asked. “That’s not very inclusive.”
“I’m sorry, but what you were saying wasn’t very inclusive, and this is an inclusive school,” the teacher replied, adding that his “opinion” is that there are more than two genders, and “that is an opinion which is acceptable in the school. What you’re saying,” he told the student, “that there is no such thing as anything other than male and female, is not acceptable.”
The student explained that people may wish to identify as anything they choose, but biologically speaking gender is binary.
In response, the teacher accused the teen of “choosing to make an issue of this” when he had the “opportunity to keep quiet.”
“Yeah, I think it’s silly to have anything other than two genders,” the student said. Raising his voice, the teacher told him, “Could you please — could you please keep that opinion to your own house? Not in this school. Thank you.”
“So you get to put your own opinion out into the class —,” the teen started asking.
“I am stating what is national school authority policy, okay? … I am not putting my opinion out,” the teacher responded.
“The authority’s point of view is very clear,” he added, before accusing the student of “discrimination.”
“I’m not making any discrimination. I’m simply saying there are two genders. Male and female,” the student countered.
The teacher once more scolded the student for “making bad choices” and leaves the classroom.