Politician and pastor Peter Abetz said the child should not have been allowed to compete as a girl in the race. Source: News Limited
THE mother of a transgender child — who was born a boy but now wants to be recognised as a girl — was told to “take her in the bush and shoot her because there was no hope for her”, The Australian has reported.
The mother of the eight-year-old Year Three student has spoken out after The Sunday Times revealed the child had been criticised for running in a school cross country event as a girl.
“The only challenge that any family has with a transgender child is the community,” the mother told The Australian.
“I had one man tell me just to take her in the bush and shoot her because there was no hope for her.
“People just do not understand. We don’t do this lightly. We do this because we know it’s the right thing to do.”
Wearing a skirt and competing against other girls at a Perth primary school event, the child placed fifth and is now eligible to be part of the inter-school cross country team.
Last year, the child was enrolled at the school as a boy, but now wants to be recognised as a girl.
The mother of the child said her daughter had shown a strong interest in girls’ clothing and toys since she was three.
As she grew older she was allowed to wear dresses at home.
Equal Opportunity Commissioner Allanah Lucas congratulated the school. Source: Supplied
The school recently alerted parents that to the fact that “the student was enrolled in our school last year and may be familiar to your children as a boy, but will now be recognised as a girl”.
Southern River Liberal MLA Peter Abetz told The Sunday Times last week the child should not have been allowed to compete as a girl in the race.
“The thing is, the child is biologically a boy. That’s what he is. It is a scientific fact,” Mr Abetz said.
WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Allanah Lucas this week congratulated the school for allowing the child to compete in the event as “her chosen gender”.
“Young people needed to feel good about themselves in order to reach their full potential regardless of gender or sexuality,” Ms Lucas said.