Telling the truth is a crime against the state.
As Orwell said, “If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
A teacher suspended for accidentally calling a transgender pupil a ‘girl’ rather than ‘boy’ said it was a ‘slip of the tongue’ as it was revealed his Bible study group was shut down following a row about gay marriage.
Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, said the student, who identifies as male, became ‘irate’ after he said ‘well done girls’ to him and a female friend for working hard.
The maths teacher, who does not believe in gender fluidity due to his Christian faith, insisted today he had ‘apologised’ straight away.
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning he said: ‘I did not want to offend because it’s a sensitive issue and so I was trying to adhere to school policy and teaching standards and uphold my dignity as a professional.’
He also explained how the school had shut down his popular Bible study group that was attended by 100 children after he described marriage as being between a man and a woman in answer to a pupil’s question.
Joshua Sutcliffe, 27, appearing on ITV’s This Morning today, apologised for the slip and tried to defuse the incident, but six weeks later the student’s mother reported him at a parents’ evening
Mr Sutcliffe had taught at the top performing state secondary school in Oxfordshire for two years when he mistakenly called the transgender pupil a girl two months ago.
He said: ‘I was trying to incorporate the pupil to the class…the pupil was getting the worst scores but then started getting the best.
‘It was a small working group and I said “well done girls”, which was a slip of the tongue…I didn’t want to project anything onto the pupil.’
He apologised for the slip and tried to defuse the incident, but six weeks later the student’s mother reported him at a parents’ evening.
He was then suspended during a probe. He now faces a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday in which he could lose his job.
That’s the thing. He even apologized for telling the truth but that’s not good enough because they know that is his deep dark Christian heart he actually believes what he said. And that’s unforgiveable.