Children who are going to attend the Turnham Primary School in London this fall will have to sign a contract promising to be tolerant of "‘sexual orientation or lifestyle and refrain from using racist or homophobic or transphobic language in school."
Parents were told that their kids (as young as three years old) had to print and sign their names on the "home-school agreement."
One mom told the Daily Mail:
My son is three yet he is meant to pledge not to use "transphobic" language. How am I meant to explain it to my three-year-old that he must sign on the dotted line not to do something which he is not even aware exists when he can barely hold a crayon? This just fills me with dread about what sort of politically correct, tick-box bureaucracy runs this school.
The school and the executive head teacher refused to comment on the contract. The head school government official said he did not know that the school contract had been changed. He apologized to students and parents, and promised to look into the situation.
The Turnham Primary School website states its anti-bullying policy, which forbids "non-verbal" bullying such as: "staring, throwing dirty looks, ‘cutting your eyes’, gesturing, manipulating behaviour through intimidation, body language, invasion of personal pace, silence, spitting, stalking,refusing to touch, playing mind games."
The policy also states, "Be alert to signs and act firmly and promptly against it. Failure to respond to incidents may be interpreted as condoning the behaviour. It must be made clear that such practices are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."