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UK: 13-year-old girl attacked by boy in a gender-neutral school toilet

This story highlights one of the many dangers resulting from gender ideology in schools.

A traumatised girl of 13 says she dreads returning to school after being attacked by a boy in a gender-neutral toilet. She was left battered and bruised after he tried to force his way into a cubicle to ‘humiliate’ her. The girl was struck in the head by the swinging cubicle door in the tussle.

Caludon Castle School in Coventry has been heavily criticised for a ‘disgusting’ lack of safeguarding.

The victim said girls were forced to hold toilet doors closed while using them because the locks were kicked off by unruly boys. 

‘I was embarrassed because I was with all my friends,’ she added. ‘All my mates were telling him to stop. I was holding the door closed, but a group of boys kept trying to force their way in. It’s just scary… ‘The toilets are open to everyone, the cubicles have doors, but the actual toilets don’t. I don’t have any privacy because everything is heard by everyone.’

Her mother Gemma Brennan, 40, says she fears for her daughter while the gender-neutral loos remain in place, accusing the school of prioritising the needs of a tiny majority over the safety of girls.

‘I’m absolutely horrified,’ she added. ‘When I saw her cut, I couldn’t believe it. But I knew what it was straight away because I’ve been emailing the school about the toilet issue saying the locks are broken and that the girls can’t go to the toilet in privacy… ‘Neither can the boys. Girls and boys need separate toilets – it is infuriating. I fear for her safety every single day.

‘It will get worse and it will it will happen again. I dread the worst.’

Some girls are so scared by the lack of privacy they choose to stay at home when on their period.

Campaigners have called for a crackdown on the number of same-sex school loos .

Sir John Hayes, chairman of the Common Sense Group of MPs, said: ‘We need to have spaces that are just for women and just for men – especially in schools.

‘We should drop all this modern, liberal claptrap and just recognise that there are some times when girls need privacy, and similarly so do boys.

‘The idea that a girl can’t use the lavatory safely in school is just preposterous.’

Labour MP Rosie Duffield said: ‘This is another example of a reactive and ill-thought through policy that leaves parents and children with serious concerns.

‘Many young people have contacted me about their loathing for unisex toilet facilities at their schools but are afraid to speak out and don’t want to be targeted… ‘Girls and women need and deserve privacy in all toilet spaces and so do boys.’

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