Government officials in Britain threatened to remove a teenage boy with autism from his parents after they objected to his desire to live life as a girl and take puberty-blocking drugs.
The school even reported the parents for being “emotionally abusive” because of their stance, according to The Daily Mail newspaper.
Doctors at a government-run National Health Service clinic had recommended the boy be given drugs that delay puberty because of his desire to be a girl. His parents objected, fearing the side effects.
When the boy told school officials that his parents weren’t allowing him to take puberty-blocking drugs, a teacher told them he could be placed in foster care if they didn't change their mind, the newspaper reported.
The school reported the parents to child services, which placed the boy with a family friend. The parents agreed with the arrangement so as to avoid foster care. The school labeled the parents “emotionally abusive.”
Since then, the boy has moved back in with the parents.
“I’m absolutely devastated,” the mother, who wants to remain anonymous, told The Daily Mail. “When I saw the report that social services wrote about us and saw the words ‘emotional abuse,’ I just broke down.
“All we were doing was trying to get him to pause and think about his actions. My biggest worry as a mum is my child gets pushed down this route, becomes a woman, goes through the surgery, then gets to 25 and says, ‘I’ve made a mistake.’”
The unidentified parents are “middle-class professionals,” according to the newspaper.
Their nightmare began when the boy told a child psychologist he wanted to be a girl. He had never made such a pronouncement at home.
“The school and social workers took what our child said as gospel,” the mom said. “But considering he has autism, his perception of social scenarios is seen through an autism lens.”
At least three children were taken by social services in Britain last year because parents objected to their transgender desires, the newspaper said.
The mom concluded: “I cannot bear the thought of other families going through what we’ve been through. It has been horrendous.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.