A seven-year-old boy is being praised as “inspirational” for “experimenting” by wearing girls’ clothes to school.
Theo Easton started wearing the opposite sex’s clothes at home last year and told his mum he wanted to wear a pinafore to school when he returned to school after this year’s summer holidays.
He received compliments from all quarters at Hilltop Primary School in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, as he donned the official pinafore, knee-high socks, brogues and a girls’ polo shirt with scarlet neck and puffy shoulders, Daily Record reported.
Theo’s mum Marion, 39, said his first day wearing the girls’ uniform went “great”.
She said: “Theo as been wearing girls’ clothes outside school for over a year. He’s been out playing with his friends in both girls’ and boys’ clothes. It really just depends how he feels each day.
“He’s a rough and tumble wee boy. He plays with Lego, and likes army games. He identifies as a boy, but he just doesn’t feel comfortable in boys’ clothes. I don’t know if this will become full-time thing or not. He’s only seven, so he’s still experimenting.”
The mum-of-two, who made a TikTok video about Theo, said she hopes his choices will help other young people feel like they can express themselves freely.
She added: “Theo’s first day in girls’ uniform went great. He told his classmates he was going to be doing this the week before and one of his friends said ‘We’ll still love you no matter what you wear, Theo’.
“Theo said he felt brilliant when he was out playing in his pinafore on his break and at lunch. He didn’t feel any different. The school has been incredibly supportive. He said his teacher even told him she loved his clothes.
“The smile on his face when he came out of school that day basically said it all for me. He’s just so inspirational and so brave. I know I made the right decision by letting him have this choice.”
The mum says she wants her son to be happy “in the skin he’s in” rather than “develop psychological problems further down the line” and says she would never forgive herself if that happened.
She says the clothes he wears shouldn’t define “who he is as a person” and that she is uncertain about what the future will hold for Theo regarding his gender identity.
Marion said: “A couple of parents have asked me if I think this is a phase. I told them that if it is, then he’s entitled to have his phase.
“The good thing about what Theo is doing right now is that he can educate adults, children and the rest of his school by saying, ‘This is how I am, this is who I’m going to be, I’m happy with this. If you have a problem with this, that’s your problem, but I’m not going to stop being who I want to be’.”