A UK school has made the decision to drop JK Rowling as a house name following the writer’s transphobia row.
Now students at Seaford Head School in East Sussex, have made the decision to no longer use her name as a house team, as she does not "represent the school's core values" and it may encourage bullying.
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A letter sent out to parents has also revealed the secondary school will no longer use Winston Churchill as a House name as they believe the former British Prime Minister, who led the country during World War II, was “a figure who promoted racism”.
Referring to the decision to drop Rowling the letter said: "Furthermore, as a school committed to stopping bullying and creating a safe environment, we no longer think that JK Rowling is a suitable representative, because of her recent words about the trans community. Intolerance and discrimination are treated very severely by our school and we do not want to promote anyone or anything that encourages such prejudice."
Other house names at the school include anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela and Victoria nurse Florence Nightingale.
The students will now vote to rename all four houses after local landmarks.
East Sussex County Council said it will not be commenting on the matter.
Rowling, 55, was accused of transphobia after a series of posts on Twitter last June, responding to a story with a headline which read: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”
She tweeted: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
She went on to defend her comments saying: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Rowling was criticised for her remarks by Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne.
Rowling’s series of seven children’s novels about the boy wizard were turned into a successful movie franchise by Warner Bros between 2001 and 2011, and a further spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a fictional textbook within the original novels is still ongoing.
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