JK Rowling defends 16-year-old girl denied women-only care in toilets

JK Rowling has defended a disabled schoolgirl who was told she did not have the right to women-only care in school toilets.

The parents of the 16 year-old girl, who has severe learning disabilities, were told two years ago the school was replacing it ‘same-sex’ intimate care policy with a ‘cross-gender’ policy.

This meant male staff would also be able to take part in intimate care for the pupil – including using the toilet and changing rooms.

Her parents have accused the special school, which has not been named, of putting their child at risk for the sake of ‘celebrating staff diversity.’

Although a lawyer said removing the policy was a breach of the 2010 Equality Act, the school dismissed the finding as ‘outdated and against majority opinion.’


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