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UK Teacher to Sue School after being Sacked for “Misgendering” Pupil



UK Teacher to Sue School after being Sacked for "Misgendering" Pupil - BellaNaija

A teacher Joshua Sutcliffe in the UK has said he will be suing his former employers after being sacked for calling a trans boy a “girl,” Metro reports.

Sutcliffe said he was investigated and then sacked after saying “well done girls” to a trans teenager and his friend while they worked.

He apologized after being corrected, he said, and was shocked when 6 weeks later the boy’s parents visited the school to complain and he was suspended from teaching.

Although he told the school he had misgendered the pupil by accident, he did later say to senior staff that he didn’t think it was wrong to call a trans boy a girl, and documents seen by Daily Mail claimed that he had on several occasions referred to the pupil using female pronouns.

The documents also showed that Sutcliffe, who teaches Maths, had in his classes inappropriately discussed religious issues.

Sutcliffe was eventually sacked from his job of 2 years, and has sent a letter to the school informing them of his intention to sue.

“I regret that our relations have reached this point, but I feel I have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you without further notice,” he wrote in the letter.

Sutcliffe described the school’s policy as “totalitarian,” saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the school’s policy which “reflect an increasing trend of Christians being marginalized in the public square, and unpopular beliefs silenced.”

Photo Credit: Christian Legal Centre


  1. Manz

    January 18, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    If there’s anyone interested, listen to Jordan B Peterson talk on this issue as he fights against it in Canada. It’s truly sad to see that someone can loose his job because he didn’t call another person by that person’s preferred gender pronoun. What utter tosh!

  2. Lailatu

    January 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Good,he should sue.

  3. Cocoa

    January 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Yes, indeed they want Christians SILENCED….but they dont understand that we cant be. It is not because we want to disrespect you…it is because Christianity isnt a RELIGION…it is WHO WE ARE…it is our LIFESTYLE! We cannot favour you againt God. You can’t rival God’s position in out lives.

    You have your OPINIONS…we have THE TRUTH.

    It is inevitable that offence would occur…and God has prepared us for just that.

    If there is no Y in your sex chromosome….you are a GIRL. And it is an abomination for me to call you otherwise. You are who God says you are.

    I would advise others in such predicament to call them by NAME. If you want to be called JOHN I can call you JOHN …but I will never call you a MAN/HE.

    • Becca

      January 18, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Whilst I disagree with a number of issues with the trans movement.

      You will be SILENCED.
      Human Rights and civil liberties over religion or ‘lifestyles’ based on imaginary friends/daddies/ghosts/zombies etc.

    • Ephi

      January 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      It’s fine for you to be an atheist, in the same way others are entitled to their beliefs. There is nothing you can do about that, and no, you can’t silence them, sorry.

    • TEE

      January 18, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      @Cocoa, you can shout from now till enternity. Your display here is bodering on fanatism;this is UK not naija. Can you not see the irony in your out busrt? The people that gave Africa the religion dont act in this way. Nobody is tryiny to silence anyone law takes precedent over religion in the UK, religion is personal relationship with one’s God it is not to be imposed or coerced on to others. The teacher is aware of his duties and scope, since he is not a religious teacher and not during religious studies he has no business bringing religion in the class room. What is done in naija is not acceptable in sane clims. shouting and screaming day and night every where in neighbohoods and buses trains in the name of religion is not condone, let him go to court he may not win if he had been warned and given clear procedure on the issue. In UK issues are tried on facts not sentiment or religious affiliation. Many Africans has lost their jobs due to overzealous religoiusity in the west. Try to emancipate youreslf for the betterment of Africa as a whole.

    • Ephi

      January 18, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      Tee, did you read this report at all? The guy teaches MATHS so how exactly did he bring religion into the classroom? The guy made an innocent mistake and should not have been fired.

  4. Mitchell

    January 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    He should sue sue sue and sue. These people have made things so complicated that you can’t tell someone’s gender by just looking at them. The world we live in.

  5. mela

    January 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    A Transfer gender PUPIL ……This is serious. A girl – ‘child’ wants to be a BOY and the parents support her so much that they fight against anyone who calls her a girl. This is world as we know it is actually coming to a definite end!

  6. Northern lights

    January 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Yet another sign of the times. Not surprising at all. It’s gonna get much worse. Probably to the point that you could maybe face jail time for things like this.

  7. Cocoa

    January 18, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    loooool you have a right to your voice…I have the same right to mine!!!

    You would have to KILL me first before I am silent about the TRUTH OF GOD.

    No hard feelings 🙂

    • Becca

      January 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      You have the right to believe whatever you want, we have no obligation to respect or take into account your belief after all, it’s just a belief. BUT rules which govern all cannot and will not be based on outdated belief systems no matter how much you shout.

      Any by the way, which God is yours? The old or new?And how is one to know which one is the ‘TRUE’ one so we can verify and end all the wars and disputes resulting from mine is better than yours?
      Asking for the mankind.

    • Becca

      January 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      *the good of mankind

  8. Cocoa

    January 18, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    There is only ONE GOD my dear! He will NEVER change!! There may be several idols….But Only ONE GOD!

    The God who we come to through JESUS.

    Oh you’re absolutely right! You have a right to believe whatever you want…I never challenged that. I only challenged your OPINION that I could be SILENCED…to which I told a FACT. Only a DEAD man can be SILENCED on earth against his will. Not firing me from a job…not putting me in prison…no….only killing me will do the trick ( which I am glad you have no intentions of doing 🙂

    You respecting or disrespecting God does not take away from God. Just as my worship does not add to God, God is God ALL BY HIMSELF 🙂

    • Jpops

      January 18, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Preach sister #God is the greatest

    • buki

      January 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm


  9. TEE

    January 18, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    @Ephi yes i did … ”The documents also showed that Sutcliffe, who teaches Maths, had in his classes inappropriately discussed religious issues. it is you who has not read it , i see there are so many fanatics on here operating like a pack in other to force a point of view, they are upvoting each others post. There is no rational to most of the post is just pure verbose.

  10. Cocoa

    January 19, 2018 at 3:47 am

    a point of view can NEVER be FORCED. We hold gun to your head? Did anyone stop you from stating your case? No.
    Did you get fired from your job? No.
    Are you in prison? No.

    Please believe what you want. And we will believe what we want.

    Religious Fanatics Loool. We hear ya!

  11. rocky brown

    January 19, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    What a backward world we live in, so having to call a someone a particular gender makes you lose your job

  12. Jane

    January 22, 2018 at 2:32 am

    Ride on Cocoa, I hear you. we are believers, and we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ! when I read about things like this I get sad☹️. Haven’t you noticed the level of illnesses and diseases, earthquakes and other disasters that are predominant there. when you forsake God there are consequences. but they will never believe. instead they will find a scientific explanation for it. For every Problem, the Lord Jesus Christ is the solution! we will never stop preaching this truth. Mortal beings can’t stop the message of the immortal God, no matter how much they try, we only get stronger!! ??

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