Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, could now be sacked after the child’s mother complained to the Oxfordshire secondary school about his actions.
He had praised the pupil and his friend by saying ‘well done girls’ despite knowing he identified as male. Mr Sutcliffe had also called him by a female pronoun on several other occasions, according to a document seen by the Mail on Sunday. The complaint led the school to suspend the maths teacher for ‘misgendering’ and he is due to attend a disciplinary hearing in the next few
But Mr Sutcliffe felt he was being treated unfairly and claimed the school was trying to push a ‘liberal, Leftish agenda.’ He admitted in an interview with the Mail On Sunday he thought referring to the student as a girl was right but it was a genuine mistake when he did it. ‘I was absolutely shocked to be told by the head that I was under investigation,’ he said. ‘I didn’t know what was happening. It was surreal, Kafkaesque. ‘I said it was only one incident for which I had apologised, but he insisted the investigation would go ahead.’
Mr Sutcliffe said he felt the school could be violating his human rights if they made him refer to the trans boy as a male. The teacher, who is a Christian, is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre. Its chief executive Andrea Williams added: ‘This is one of a large number of cases we are encountering where teachers are finding themselves silenced or punished if they refuse to fall in line with the current transgender fad.’ The school declined to comment on the issue before the disciplinary proceedings had ended.