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No policy on Island for children who wish to identify as animals 

Follows reports of children identifying as cats and dogs in Manx schools

No policies are in place in Island schools to support the wishes of children who want to be identified as something other than human.

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture has confirmed a range of pastoral support is available to meet the ‘social and emotional needs’ of pupils.

Manx Radio asked for the information after reports of children wishing to identify as animals – including cats and dogs – whilst at school on the Island.

The 'furry' subculture sees people - of all ages - take on animal characteristics and has gained momentum thanks to social media.  

The DESC says it does not hold data for how many pupils have done this in primary and secondary schools.

However it adds all schools are committed to establishing a safe and welcoming environment where pupils feel comfortable to be themselves.

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