The Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in the United Kingdom has officially banned its teacher from addressing its students as “girls.”
Altrincham Grammar for Girls sent out a letter last week informing student’s parents that teachers would officially be prohibited from referring to their students as “girls.”
Cambridge undergraduate student and Manchester resident Hannah Dawson praised the decision, arguing that its a victory for transgender students.
“God forbid teachers actually respect their students gender identity — people getting her up about the news need to calm down — it takes very little effort to change language for teachers but such effort could mean the world to a trans student,” Dawson said.
In a statement, the school argued that the decision was made to ensure that all students feel comfortable.
Altrincham Grammar School for Girls asks staff to not use the word "girls" when talking to pupils because they don't want transgender pupils to be "misgendered". But say there are no plans to drop the "Girls" from the school's name. pic.twitter.com/CpI7l8psL7
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