A pupil claims he was thrown out of class after a teacher reprimanded him for pointing out that there are only ‘two genders’.
The 17-year-old secretly filmed his teacher on a smartphone telling him off and then posted the clip online.
It was shared internationally, sparking a debate about free speech and transgender rights – with one YouTube video shared more than 9,000 times.
The three-minute video shows the teacher explaining to the child why he was asked to leave the class at an Aberdeen-shire secondary school, after the teenager had claimed there were only two genders.
The teacher tells the pupil: ‘You’re entitled to your opinion’, to which the teenager responds: ‘If I am, then why did you kick me out of class? It’s not very inclusive.’
Then the teacher replies: ‘No, I’m sorry, what you were saying is not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school.’
Then the teacher states: ‘I am not putting my opinion out. I am stating what is national school authority policy.’
The child tells him this is ‘not scientific whatsoever’, while the teacher tells him ‘not every policy is scientific’.
The teenager said he did not have to be kicked out of class, which had wasted 30 minutes of his time, and the teacher tells him to ‘make an official complaint’.
The pupil tells him: ‘I was simply saying there are two genders – male and female. Anything else is a personal identification.’