A Scottish teenager on Friday posted a video of his teacher saying he’d had to thrown him out of class for saying there are only two genders.
According to British media reports, the unnamed 17-year-old boy covertly recorded the three-minute clip, which subsequently went viral.
The teacher, who was identified only as a 56-year-old employee of a secondary school in Aberdeenshire, starts out by telling the teen that he is entitled to his opinion, but that he needs to be inclusive.
“If I am, then why did you kick me out of class?” the student shoots back. “It’s not very inclusive.”
The teacher says there is more than one gender “by law.” He emphasizes that by saying there are only two genders, the pupil is not being inclusive.
“I think it’s silly to have anything other than two genders, sir,” the student responds.
The teacher then urges: “Could you please keep that opinion to your own house? Not in this school.”
Scotland has some of the most progressive gender laws in the world. Under the 2004 Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people may change their legal gender. In 2018, the Scottish Government announced plans to start providing an “X” sex descriptor on identity documents and to lower the minimum age of transition to 16.
Both the student’s family and the teacher declined The Daily Mail’s request for comment.
On Tuesday, the head of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, Seamus Searson, said: ‘This sounds like a youngster looking for trouble.’
A spokesman for the Aberdeenshire Council said that the video did not show the full context of the incident, adding that its schools supported a “fairer, inclusive environment for all.”
Two genders video inflames culture wars
On social media, the video stoked the culture wars over transgender rights and free speech that are raging from the United Kingdom to the United States. Some users lauded the teacher for educating the student, while others saw him as a tool of an oppressively woke bureaucracy.