Daily Mail 
June 1, 2018
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?’
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