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Daily Mail Under Fire after Transgender Teacher Suicide


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Daily Mail urged to fire Richard Littlejohn after death of Lucy Meadows | Media | guardian.co.uk

Horrible story about a teacher who was the subject of a scathing opinion piece in the Daily Mail who has committed suicide. Now, of course, it's not clear that the article played a role in the suicide, but it certainly can't have helped in the case of a clearly vulverable person.

The original article by Littlejohn was genuinely hateful, and it's very easy to see why an article singling someone out like that would have been very distressing for anyone, but for someone who might have had mental health issues anyway, easy to see how it could be devastating.
 


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Lucy Meadows could have taught the children more about tolerance and acceptance than any other teacher in the school.
 
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Presumably the Daily Mail will be giving this as much coverage as they did the case of the nurse who committed suicide after the Australian dj prank call.
 

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Fire him? You must be joking.


This is a newspaper which supported Adolf Hitler. The Daily Heil is probably gloating that the size of their "liberal" enemies has been reduced by one.
 

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The teacher's change-of-sex was inevitably going to become public knowledge, with our without the Daily Mail's involvement.

Allowing a transgendered person to be in the teaching profession serves only to confuse children, especially infants. I can imagine pupils and their parents becoming physically ill at the thought of a teacher undergoing a sex-change operation. Therefore, it is for medical and psychological reasons that the deceased should not have been in that job.
 

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He should be fired, but that would be true regardless of whether the teacher had killed herself.
 

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Look I'm no fan of Littlejohn but to accuse him of causing a suicide is simply wrong. This is same nonsense as when the nurse committed suicide after a prank call. Its more likely the response of fellow staff members, students and parents to the transgender person. People who have sex change operations have higher than average suicide rates.
 

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The teacher's change-of-sex was inevitably going to become public knowledge, with our without the Daily Mail's involvement.
It already was public knowledge before the Daily Mail's involvement. What would not have happened without the Daily Mail's involvement, is that this woman would not have been hounded by the national press over an intensely personal matter.

Allowing a transgendered person to be in the teaching profession serves only to confuse children, especially infants. I can imagine pupils and their parents becoming physically ill at the thought of a teacher undergoing a sex-change operation. Therefore, it is for medical and psychological reasons that the deceased should not have been in that job.
Children are not as transphobic as you apparently are. They need to be taught hatred and disgust.
 

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Look I'm no fan of Littlejohn but to accuse him of causing a suicide is simply wrong. This is same nonsense as when the nurse committed suicide after a prank call. Its more likely the response of fellow staff members, students and parents to the transgender person. People who have sex change operations have higher than average suicide rates.
Littlejohn's actions likely increased the risk of something like this happening.
 

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The teacher's change-of-sex was inevitably going to become public knowledge, with our without the Daily Mail's involvement.

Allowing a transgendered person to be in the teaching profession serves only to confuse children, especially infants. I can imagine pupils and their parents becoming physically ill at the thought of a teacher undergoing a sex-change operation. Therefore, it is for medical and psychological reasons that the deceased should not have been in that job.
It would have become known locally. not on a national scale! What sort of editor decides that this is a matter of public interest?
 
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I wonder if the parents who conducted the witch hunt against her ever felt a twinge of remorse. I rather my kids were surrounded by transgendered people than bigoted people myself.
 

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Are columnists and journalists not so report or state opinions because some unbalanced person is possibly going to take heir own life?
Apparently not. Or we might hurt somebodies feelings.
 

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Are columnists and journalists not so report or state opinions because some unbalanced person is possibly going to take heir own life?
GID is a recognised medical disorder, and sufferers are more prone to suicide and face obvious and enormous pressures surrounding the decision to transition.

Littlejohn chose to place a national media spotlight on one such person when they were at their most vulnerable, to ridicule that person and to imply that they weren't fit for their job. Does that strike you as responsible behaviour on his part?
 

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Are columnists and journalists not so report or state opinions because some unbalanced person is possibly going to take heir own life?
This is no different from hounding a person because of a facial disfigurement or any other physical or medical condition that places them outside the 'norm'.
 

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I wonder if the parents who conducted the witch hunt against her ever felt a twinge of remorse. I rather my kids were surrounded by transgendered people than bigoted people myself.
Parents are parents protecting their children. It doesn't make them bigots necessary.
 

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Parents are parents protecting their children. It doesn't make them bigots necessary.
Protecting them from what? Parents are protecting themselves from having to talk to their kids about topics they don't want to discuss.
 

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I wonder if the parents who conducted the witch hunt against her ever felt a twinge of remorse. I rather my kids were surrounded by transgendered people than bigoted people myself.
Parents have to put the well-being of heir children first. Having their teacher turn from a mister to a miss overnight is not something that most parents want their children to confront.
 

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