Boy, 12, is having sex change, school announces A school called an emergency assembly to tell children that a 12-year-old male pupil was having a sex change. By Murray Wardrop Published: 7:00AM BST 18 Sep 2009 The youngster arrived for his first term at secondary school wearing a dress and with long hair in ribboned pigtails after his parents changed his name to a female one by deed poll over the summer holidays. However, the boy, who is preparing to undergo hormone treatment and sex change surgery, was immediately taunted by classmates who recognised him from primary school. As a result, the 1,000-pupil school in south east England decided to call an emergency assembly ordering children to treat him as a girl and use his new name. But parents have reacted angrily after some youngsters were apparently left in tears by the news. They claim that the head teacher should have informed parents of the matter beforehand, so that they could have discussed gender issues with their children. One mother, whose daughter was a classmate of the boy at primary school, told The Sun: "She [my daughter] told me that the pupil is already a target for bullying. "What has really upset the parents is that the school didn't see fit to send us a letter first so we could explain it to children in our own way. "Maybe we could have explained sexual politics and encouraged our kids to be more sensitive. "They were simply told, 'You may notice one pupil is not present in this assembly that is because the pupil is now a girl'. "The girl, as she now is, will go through hell because of how this has been handled." It is understood that at primary school, the boy's head teacher insisted that children treat him as a boy, despite his feminine behaviour, which included wearing a bikini for swimming lessons, wearing his hair in pigtails and using riding a pink scooter. However, the secondary school has provided him with a separate lavatory and changing room in its sports hall. The boy's mother told The Sun: "We are committed to ensuring the very best for our child. We are working with other agencies to ensure our child's welfare is protected."