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17 Classmates Come Out as Transgender and Join the ‘Popular’ Crowd

“They are being brainwashed into believing they are transgender.”

Seventeen students at a British school have come out as transgender and are in the process of changing genders, The Mail reported Sunday. ​

According to a veteran teacher at the school, most or all the teenagers are autistic and many of them are gay. She averred that few of the students have actual gender dysphoria, or a conflict between their gender identity and the sex they were assigned at birth.

“They are just young people with complex mental health issues who have found an identity and want to be part of a group of like-minded people,” she said. “Typically, these children are bright outsiders.”

“Carol,” as The Mail dubbed the teacher, said she has seen older students “grooming” younger ones to believe they are the wrong sex. She worried that some of the students may already be taking hormone-blocking drugs to stop puberty or considering sex reassignments surgery.

Meanwhile, Carol said, officials play along — and largely keep parents in the dark — because they have been either deceived or cowed by transgender activism.

“If a child genuinely has gender dysphoria then of course they should get all the love and support they need,” she said. “But I believe that autistic children who are not transgender are being exploited by the transgender lobby. They are being brainwashed into believing they are transgender.”

She said: “Tragically the end result could be irreversible surgical procedures. This is scandalous.”

Carol is a mother with over 20 years experience in the classroom, currently working at a school in Britain, according to The Mail. The British tabloid left out other identifying details in deference to the teacher’s fear of being fired for speaking out. Her story was published amid a ​heated debate in Britain about whether transgender women should be allowed in female-only spaces.

The Mail did not provide any corroboration of Carol’s account. However, what she said does jive with growing concerns that transgenderism is something of a ​fad among young people — not to mention that runaway political correctness is ​wrecking education and ​culture.

A number of experts have warned — including in an ​Atlantic cover story in June — that parents, teachers, and doctors are too quick to accommodate young people who claim to be transgender and may regret transitioning when they get older.

Activists, though, have accused such people of setting back the cause of transgender rights. They have questioned the critics’ motives and ​claimed that cases of mistaken transitions are rare. A Reddit user ​argued Sunday in response to The Mail’s story that 17 students being transgender at a large high school would not be statistically improbable given what is known about the ​number of transgender people in the United States.

According to Carol, the transgender phenomenon started at her school in January 2014 with a single 16-year-old student who was born female and had been diagnosed with autism two years earlier. The school accommodated the student, The Mail reported: The student’s name was officially changed to a gender-neutral one, Carol referred the student to a transgender support group, and teachers addressed the student using whatever pronouns she preferred on a given day.

But Carol said she now regrets how she handled the case of the student, who has since left the school and is planning to have a double mastectomy.

“That child was diagnosed as autistic at the age of 14 and certainly was not transgender – she had complicated mental health problems,” Carol said. “It is a tragedy that now she is going to mutilate her body.”

It was over the next four years that the other 17 students have come out as transgender, The Mail reported. Carol said that the students have tended to announce that they are transgender around age 14 in “clusters” of two or three. Most are girls who identify as “non-binary” or as boys, she said.

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Eight of the 17 students have been diagnosed with autism and the rest show strong signs of the disorder, according to Carol. She said that embracing a transgender identity seems to help them cope with the challenges of being autistic.

Carol further said that many of the students are likely gay but come out as transgender instead, which helps make them trendy and popular.

“I think as lesbians they would face more bullying but as transgender children they almost become popular,” she said. “They mirror teenage fantasies, resembling pop stars like Justin Bieber. These trans kids actually become quite powerful in the school.”

Carol said the students have often adopted the same names — sometimes inspired by those of transgender ​YouTube stars, like Ash Hardell — and the same fashions: hair slicked back and dyed blue, black or blonde; big round glasses, Dr. Martens boots, donkey jackets, and tight pants.

Some of the transgender students have begun to police language and behavior, Carol said, accusing peers and teachers of “misgendering” them by using the wrong pronouns or otherwise failing to recognize their preferred gender. She recalled a transgender student calling her out in class about menstruation for not saying that boys go through the same experience.

But Carol said that like other teachers, she would “not dare” to question a student’s claim to be transgender for fear of being fired.

“We are being dictated to by groups who don’t know these kids, to make decisions that are harmful to them,” she said. “And we are giving children a huge amount of agency to make decisions when what they need are boundaries to make them feel safe and secure. It feels as if we are walking into a nightmare.”

Cover image: Transgender YouTube star Ash Hardell speaking to fans in a video posted on Nov. 14, 2017. (Screen grab from YouTube)

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