‘There’s NO forgiveness for those branded transphobic’: Sixth form girl, 18, who dared question trans ideology speaks for first time to reveal she self-harmed and relapsed into anorexia when teachers sided with the bullies to hound her out of school
- Sixth-form student was hounded out of school for questioning trans ideology
- ‘Kate’, 18, has revealed she was condemned by teachers and pupils alike
- The harrowing experience had caused her to self-harm and relapse into anorexia
- Kate has said: ‘There is no forgiveness for those branded transphobic’
The sixth-form pupil who dared to question trans ideology has warned ‘there is no forgiveness for those branded transphobic’ as she reveals that she self-harmed and relapsed into anorexia when teachers sided with the bullies to hound her out of the school.
Britain’s ‘cancel culture‘ crisis was pulled into sharp focus last month after it was claimed that the 18-year-old A-level student was branded a ‘heretic’ for questioning pro-trans remarks made by the member of the House of Lords when she visited the school.
The sixth-former was reportedly subjected to a verbal ‘pile-on’ by up to 60 students after debating her views with the peer during a questions-and-answers session at the private school in the Home Counties.
In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, the Baroness at the heart of the dispute defended Kate’s right to freedom of expression – joining free speech advocates including Tory minister Nadhim Zahawi and JK Rowling, who have both been excoriated by trans activists.
Speaking out for the first time, the pupil has described how the experience of being condemned by teachers and pupils alike was so harrowing that she self-harmed on school premises, was made to sit on her own in the library, and ultimately forced her to drop out.
Giving the name ‘Kate’ to Unherd‘s Julie Bindel, the 18-year-old told the feminist journalist that the school fell under the influence of LGBT charity Stonewall, which runs a controversial diversity scheme for hundreds of British organisations and has lobbied for gender-neutral language in legislation.
She described how she had challenged the visiting Baroness over what she considered to be her ‘righteous denunciation of her peers as irredeemably transphobic’.
A sixth-form pupil was hounded out of her own school for daring to question trans ideology during a visit by a member of the House of Lords. File image used
The student gave the name ‘Kate’ to Unherd’s Julie Bindel as she spoke out for the first time
Kate said she told the politician: ‘I respectfully disagree’ – causing one of her peers to run out of the room crying.
Afterwards, the sixth-former heard several students talking about ‘transphobia’ and was directly accused of causing trans students to consider suicide.
When she went to collect her bag from the locker room, a number of students circled her, called her names including ‘Nazi’, ‘fascist’, ‘transphobe’, ‘homophobe’, ‘racist’ and ‘c**t’ – and allegedly spat on her face.
The next day, Kate’s desk was covered in printouts of trans flags covered in text which read: ‘Trans rights are human rights.’ The day after that, the other sixth-formers staged a ‘Trans Day of Visibility’ and left her out – apparently to embarrass her or teach her a lesson.
Two investigations were then launched into Kate’s alleged bullying, including her ‘provocative history’.
Meanwhile, teachers would apologise to the students for Kate’s alleged ‘terrible, hateful behaviour’.
Kate told Miss Bindel that she became so distressed that she self-harmed on school premises, and was asked to stay home for several weeks ‘because I was seen as a danger to myself and to other students’.
She had battled anorexia through her teenage years and spent a year in hospital aged 13 being treated for her eating disorder.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling condemned the ‘shameful treatment’ of the sixth former
Kate has been supported by advocates including Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, who was himself recently heckled off a university campus by trans activists
When she did eventually return to school, she was then made to sit in the library, separate from other students.
She decided to leave the school, and Kate is now continuing her studies online and is set to begin university by the time she’s 21. Her anorexia had forced her to retake her GCSE exams.
‘Why would they turn on me so viciously?’ Kate told Unherd.
She added that these days ‘there is no forgiveness for those branded with the damning suffix of “-phobic”‘.
The Baroness told the MoS: ‘I spoke about a wide range of human rights issues. One young woman challenged some of my views and was treated with the same courtesy as everyone else who took part.’
She added: ‘I was not aware of any consequences from our interactions and thought that we had parted on amicable terms.’
The Baroness’s comments may bring some comfort to the 18-year-old, whose experience was highlighted by one of her teachers on the Transgender Trends website.
Kate previously told The Times: ‘It made me think I was mad. Otherwise how could people turn on me so bitterly?’
It is understood that the school disputes the version of events outlined in the media.