ABERDEENSHIRE — A 17-year-old Scottish high school student says he was recently ejected from the classroom after he spoke up to one of his teachers who remarked that a website was “old-fashioned” because it only listed two genders. He was also suspended for secretly recording a later discussion with the teacher about the matter, which was widely viewed online.
The student, who is only being identified as Murray, attends Mearns Academy in Aberdeenshire/Laurencekirk. In one of his classes, as the teacher asked students to sign up at a website, he remarked that the site was “old-fashioned” because it only allows the signup selections of male and female.
“He basically started going off on a tangent about how bad that was and how old-fashioned it was, and I said, “But sir, there’s only two genders,’” Murray said in a recent interview. “He instantly snapped back and said, ‘Are you really going to go there?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, there’s two genders.’ And he said, ‘Murray, if you want to have this discussion, we can have it outside.’”
The student consequently left the room and waited in the hallway. Approximately 30 minutes later, the teacher brought him back into the classroom for a private discussion. Murray recorded the conversation with his mobile phone.
“You’re entitled to your opinion,” the 56-year-old teacher, whose name has not yet been provided, stated.
“If I am, then why did you kick me out of class? It’s not very inclusive of my opinion,”
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