Christian parents say they were left with no choice but to remove their son from a Church of England primary school’s World Book Day events after finding out about the use of a gender identity-themed book.
Stephen and Joanne Evans’ four-year-old son attends St Mary’s Prittlewell Church of England Primary School, in Southend-on-Sea.
They say that the school planned to use the book “My Shadow is Pink”, by Scott Stuart, as a “stimulus” for activities marking World Book Day on 2 March and that parents were not consulted about it beforehand.
In one passage in the book, geared towards pre-school children, the father says to his son: “Your shadow is pink, I see now it’s true, it’s not just your shadow, it’s your innermost you.”
The Evans asked for permission to withdraw their son, which was granted, but they say that in response, the head teacher also suggested they read the Church of England’s school policy, Valuing All God’s Children, and resources from Living in Love and Faith, including the bishops’ support for a “radical new Christian inclusion”.