A teacher in Oxfordshire, Great Britain has been suspended after he “accidentally” called a transgender student a “girl” in class when they identify as a boy, according to The Daily Mail.
The Mail last Saturday reported that Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, teaches maths at a state secondary school in Oxfordshire.
Sutcliffe told the teenager and a friend “Well done girls” when he encountered them working hard in class.
The teacher apologized after the student corrected him, but six weeks later he was suspended from teaching after the teen’s mother filed a complaint.
Sutcliffe has since been summoned to a formal disciplinary hearing this week following an investigation into the incident.
The educator will next face misconduct charges for “misgendering” and could face firing over the encounter.
“[I’m] distraught,” Sutcliffe said. “[It’s] political correctness gone mad. I was absolutely shocked to be told by the head that I was under investigation.”
“It was surreal, Kafkaesque,” he continued. “I said it was only one incident for which I had apologized, but he insisted the investigation would go ahead.”
“I had always tried to respect the pupil and keep a professional attitude as well as my integrity, but it seemed to me that the school was trying to force me to adhere to its liberal, leftish agenda.”
Sutcliffe’s formal disciplinary hearing is scheduled for this Wednesday, and it will be attended by the head of his school and three of its governors.
The Mail last Sunday saw documents which state that Sutcliffe also faces claims that he breached equality policies by calling the student by name rather than “he” or “him.”
Sutcliffe said he did not receive specific instructions bout how to address the student, and that he had followed other staff by using their chosen first name.
The Christian admitted, however, that he avoided using male pronouns such as “he” and “him” for the student due to his faith.
The assistant head leading the probe recommended that both were issues of misconduct that should be handled under the school’s disciplinary policy.
“[The student’s ‘misgendering’ and] avoidance of using gendered pronouns contravenes the school’s code of conduct with regard to demonstrating an awareness of sexual and cultural diversity of students and use of insensitive comments towards young people,’” the investigation concluded.
“The use of religious comments in maths lessons demonstrates a failure to comply with school policies,” the probe added of Sutcliffe.