Primary school in Inverness scraps boys and girls-only races

Parents have blasted a decision to end boys and girls only races at a primary school sports day.

Merkinch Primary School in Inverness made the decision after the Highland Council emailed out new guidelines to improve inclusion for pupils who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).

The move meant all the children recently competed together at a sports day.

Parents fear it could cause the children to be bullied and are calling for the school to backtrack on the decision.

Mother-of-two Melissa Watson said on hearing the news: 'It was a big talking point for me and my mates. There was a race between five girls and one boy and he came last and all the boys were like 'Ha ha, you got beaten by a girl'.

'In my eyes this opens the kids up to being bullied.

'Why doesn't the school just let the LGBTI children race with the sex that they feel they belong to, instead of making all the kids run mixed races?'

Melissa Watson with children Leo Watson and Clive Carroll outside Merkinch Primary School in Inverness, which has banned single-sex events from its school sports day. Stood behind them is Victoria Renny with daughter Bella Peters

Melissa Watson with children Leo Watson and Clive Carroll outside Merkinch Primary School in Inverness, which has banned single-sex events from its school sports day. Stood behind them is Victoria Renny with daughter Bella Peters

Another mother, who did not wish to be named, said: 'The world has gone mad. I feel for the children in 10-15 years. I dread to think what it's going to be like.'

Del McClurg is chairwoman of Merkinch Community Council and her grandchildren attend Merkinch Primary. She said she had 'mixed feelings' about the move.

'I

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