Vicar resigns after being ‘silenced’ over a Church of England school’s plan to keep an eight-year-old pupil’s sex change a secret from parents

Quoted from The Daily Mail-

The Reverend John Parker, a governor at the school, supported the boy’s wish to become a girl but said he was silenced when he raised concerns that parents and pupils would be kept in the dark

‘A vicar has resigned following a bitter dispute with his bishop over the way a Church of England school handled an eight-year-old pupil’s plan to change gender. 

The Reverend John Parker, a governor at the school, supported the boy’s wish to become a girl but said he was silenced when he raised concerns that parents and pupils would be kept in the dark. 

He also feared that staff and governors had been misled by the transgender lobby group Mermaids, which had been invited in to advise the school. 

After his worries were dismissed by the bishop, Mr Parker quit the church where he had been a vicar for 14 years, and also the school after seven years as governor. 

In an emotive resignation letter to his bishop, Mr Parker wrote of his fear that children were being ‘sacrificed on the altar of trans ideology’, even in Church schools. 

Mr Parker said last night: ‘I was basically told by my bishop that if I wished to faithfully follow the teachings of the Bible then I was no longer welcome in the Church. It felt very much like I was being silenced by the Church and the school.’ 

The dispute comes amid growing controversy over the number of children now choosing to change gender. 

Mr Parker, 49, was told in March that an eight-year-old pupil would be transitioning from a boy to a girl at the primary school in an Essex village. The Mail on Sunday is not naming the school to protect the privacy of the pupils. 

He raised concerns that the school had no formal policy on how staff should deal with a child who wanted to change gender. 

There was no guidance to cover matters such as whether the student would be allowed to use the girls’ toilets or share changing rooms and accommodation with female pupils during trips away. 

Mr Parker was equally keen to receive assurances that other pupils and parents would be told about the student’s transition so they could be prepared.’ 

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