JK Rowling defends girl ‘spat at and driven out of school for questioning trans ideology’

The student left the school after pupils bullied her following her questioning a politician's view on sex


JK Rowling has defended a girl who she claims was “driven out of school for questioning trans ideology”.

The incident involved an unnamed girl, with a teacher at the school claiming the student was treated like a heretic after questioning a politician’s view on sex during a speech.

After questioning the view, the student was reportedly surrounded by more than 50 pupils who shouted, screamed and even spat at her.

JK Rowling
JK Rowling
The Harry Potter author has strong views on women's rights
The Harry Potter author has strong views on women's rights

While teachers were initially supportive of her, they eventually withdrew their backing after other pupils accused the girl of transphobia.

After returning to school, the girl was told that if she said anything provocative then she would have to work in the library.

And following further bullying and accusations, she eventually left the school in December last year.

But now, the Harry Potter author has spoken out about the incident, describing it as “utterly shameful”.

In a post on Twitter, she wrote: “Utterly shameful. Add this to the tottering pile of evidence that people in education and academia who're supposed to have a duty of care towards the young have succumbed to an outbreak of quasi-religious fanaticism.

“The girl's crime? Saying 'sex exists.”

Ms Rowling’s comments come just days after she hit out at trans activists for blocking women from speaking out about women’s rights in front of a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Members of the Manchester Trans Rise Up, dressed in balaclavas and black outfits, surrounded the statue in the city's St Peter's Square over the weekend.

It came as campaign group Standing For Women were intending to speak out about women's rights in the area.

And after the incident, the Harry Potter author, who has previously been slammed for her comments on women's rights, took to social media to mock the pro-trans protesters.

She said: “There is no conflict between women's rights and our ideology.

“To prove it, we've dressed up as ninjas to block public access to a statue of a suffragette.

“We're confident this has done wonders for our cause and definitely isn't an unintentionally hilarious own goal.”