An angry mother has spoken out after her 7-year-old son was told by his teacher to undress in front of his classmates for their PE class.
Gillian Lamarra said her son Dylan returned home anxious and sad after what happened.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the mother from Glasgow said: “Dylan has only been in Primary 3 for a week or so. He didn’t feel comfortable changing in front of his teacher, a man he had only known for a few days, and the rest of his class.”
She continued: “He will be eight soon and is starting to become aware of his body and with that, his right to privacy.
“To suggest that children should just be ok about stripping to their pants in a class of 20 plus kids and their teacher is ridiculous and goes against many other things that we teach our kids.”
Little Dylan was brave enough to say no but he was still upset by the experience that he told his mother about it as soon as he came back home.
“I always tell Dylan that if he is uncomfortable with something then to speak up and I will back him,” Gillian said.
“But some kids don’t have the confidence and if Dylan fees that way then it’s likely that other kids do too.
“What worries me more is that some kids don’t feel uncomfortable because it’s drummed into them that this is normal.”
Gillian said she contacted the school and claims the headteacher said there were not enough toilet cubicles to accommodate every student.
Instead, the school advised that students were welcome to wear their PE uniform to school on their gym days.
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