Teen Who Told Teacher There Are Only Two Genders in Viral Video Argument Banned from Returning to School

A teenager who filmed himself being told off by his teacher for insisting there were only two genders cannot return to his school, it has been reported. The unnamed teacher at Mearns Academy, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, reprimanded the 17-year-old boy whom he called "Murray" in the video.

In an interview he gave on social media, the boy said when his class was asked to sign up for a website, the teacher said that it was old-fashioned that there were only two genders listed. The boy then replied: "But sir, there's only two genders," The Evening Standard reported.

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A student at Mearns Academy in Aberdeen, Scotland, (pictured) filmed an argument with a teacher. The pupil at the center of the incident cannot return to the school. Google Maps/Google Maps

He was then sent out of class and made to wait for 30 minutes before the teacher came to speak with him. The pupil filmed the encounter, which was shared tens of thousands of times online on Reddit.

In the filmed encounter, the teacher said: "You're entitled to your opinion," to which the boy responded: "If I am, then why did you kick me out of class? It's not very inclusive."

The teacher replied: "No, I'm sorry, what you were saying is not very inclusive. This is an inclusive school," later adding, "Could you please keep that opinion to your own house? Not in this school."

The boy is heard saying: "I think it's silly to have anything other than two genders…anything else is a personal identification."

He said that first he was suspended for one week, which was extended by another couple of weeks, with restrictions placed on his phone.

The Standard reported that the school was unhappy with his use of the phone to film the teacher, rather than with the conversation they had.

"We got called back in for another meeting and they said after having lots of talks with people higher up they said it's not OK for me to finish my education at that school effectively and they told me there's no chance I can return," he said.

But an Aberdeenshire council spokesperson said Murray had reached the end of his time in compulsory education and had not been permanently excluded.

"The young man in question has not been permanently excluded from Mearns Academy, but rather at the age of 17, has reached the end of his time in compulsory education," the statement said.

"Staff from the school are working hard to ensure that the young man has a positive future placement either in further education or in an area that he chooses."

Seamus Searson, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association, said it appeared the boy "had an intent of causing an issue."

"A teacher wouldn't remove a child from class unless they were being disruptive," he said. "I think that's initially what happened. The boy has been removed as the teacher has tried to restore order, it has escalated and that's the point at which the video starts. It is the duty of a teacher to ensure that everyone's view is respected and heard and doesn't result in ridicule and upset," Searson said last month.