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A teenage transgender student has called out the new Prime Minister on national television for his “disrespectful” Tweet about transgender children.

Mr Morrison came under fire on Wednesday with a Tweet declaring Australian schools don’t need “gender whisperers,” in response to a report which claimed NSW teachers were being taught to identify potentially transgender students.

“We do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids,” he said.

One young teen was not standing for it!

“My name is Evie Macdonald, I’m 13 years old and I’m a transgender kid. And this is what I want to say to the prime minister,” a young face said in a prerecorded message shared on The Project.

“There are thousands of kids in Australia that are gender diverse. We don’t deserve to be disrespected like that through tweets from our prime minister.”

Evie continued, saying she knew what it was like to be on the receiving end of attitudes such as this that have cost her a childhood.

“I went to a Christian school where I had to pretend to be a boy and spend weeks in conversion therapy. We get one childhood and one was stolen from me by attitudes like this.”

Mr Morrison said he believed the practice described in the article was not a role for teachers, but for parents.

“I love all Australians and whatever background they come from,” he said.

“I want kids to be allowed to be kids and I want parents to be respected as the parents of those children. I don’t think teachers get to take the place of parents and the choices that families make.”

“There is a place for clinical advice, there is a place for clinical counselling but at the end of the day in our schools I don’t want to see teachers taking the role of parents.”

Read more: Teachers Trained to Watch for Transgender Cues From As Early As Kindergarten

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  • “ScoMo” is trying so hard to be relevant and present but he is missing style, tact and appropriateness a lot

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  • Why can’t we just stop talking about this and leave things how they originally are, treat everyone equal no names just kids be kids we are all human beings here

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  • I saw this. She’s an amazing young woman! First of all to have survived all that her ignorant parents and teachers have put her through and secondly to come out the other side so focused and driven to stop it happening. I hope the PM feels ashamed for his attitude.

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  • Politicians need to be very careful before they publicly make comments about these types of things.

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  • I agree with the minister too. Teachers are not professionals. And I don’t think teachers get to take the place of parents and the choices that families make. There is indeed a place for clinical advice and a place for clinical counseling but at the end of the day in our schools we don’t want to see teachers taking the role of parents !!

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  • I think kids should be kids too, in whatever way makes them feel safe and comfortable. Parents need to be taught this so they can provide the much needed support to their own child

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  • I agree with you. Teachers teach children the subjects required and watch for pupils who need additional help with them. They are not trained as Student Counsellors. That is separate training and expertise.

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  • I don’t usually agree with politicians, but on this issue I made going to have to. Only a parent can know their own child completely. I don’t think it’s necessary to train teachers to identify gender issues at school

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