School fights back misgendering a trans boy

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A school has fought back as they referred to a trans boy who has committed suicide last week by his birth name as they tributed to him, calling him a good person everybody is going to miss. 15-year-old Leo Etherington had attended Wycombe High School – a girls’ grammar school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Wycombe High School headteacher Sharon Cromie has since hit back at negative media coverage in the new statement referring to the boy by both names and a nickname. “Some local and national papers are reporting about the inquest into the death of a WHS student [Old name]/ Alex / Leo Etherington. Please be aware that some details in the press coverage are inaccurate. [Old name]/ Leo / Alex Etherington was a wonderful young person, in every respect and popular and well-liked by all. The death of a young person is always deeply upsetting and our thoughts at this time are with the family & friends. Wycombe High School has comprehensive procedures for supporting transgender young people and their families. I cannot comment on any individual case. However, I can advise that our procedures support name changes,” the teacher wrote.

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