Jamie Love, the 17-year-old called the "Govan school transgender" by reports despite his male sex, claims his U.K. school kicked him out of class for showing up dressed in girl’s clothing and accessories.
The sixth form student, who had asked his classmates to call him “Keirny,” showed up Monday to Glasgow’s Govan High with tights, shorts, makeup, and hair extensions, and was promptly told to leave.
Jaimie claims he spoke to school officials about his plans to show up with female clothing on, even stating to teachers that he felt “trapped in a boy’s body,” according to The Daily Record.
“I was very nervous about going to school as a girl but I thought I had the support of the school,” the teenager said.
School officials say that Jaimie’s attire wasn’t the issue. They claim that the boy had been troublesome in class, and that the behavior had happened more than once.
“If [Jaimie] wants to come back to school he would have to demonstrate that he is prepared to show a high level of commitment to his education,” said one school official.
Jaimie acknowledged that he was disruptive, but blames his disorderly conduct on his confusion regarding his sexuality, not a lack of direction concerning his future. He plans to be a hairdresser after completing his education.
Jaimie’s mother, Alison, insisted that the reason for her son’s expulsion that day was because of his decision to dress like a female – a choice she wholly encouraged.
“Jamie has done nothing wrong here. He has every right to express himself the way he wants and I will stand by him,” said the 45-year-old.
Alison also said Jaimie had sought guidance from authorities at his school, telling them he planned to come into school dressed as a girl.
“He has been talking to the pastoral care team at the school about his sexuality and how he feels confused and told them that he planned to dress as a girl on Monday,” Alison told The Daily Record.
As for the possibility of becoming a transgendered woman, Jaimie remains unsure.
“Maybe further down the line I will think about a sex change and hormones but it is too early to make those kind of decisions,” said the teenager.