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UK media take 'drag queen in Isle of Man schools' claims to print

Unverified reports appear on online media sites

Media outlets in the UK have run with as-yet unsubstantiated claims a drag queen on the Isle of Man, leading a sex education class, told a pupil to leave after a dispute over the number of genders.

Two articles have appeared in the last 24 hours; one in the Daily Mail and another in The Telegraph.

Following concerns raised by parents, a new Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum being delivered within secondary schools has been paused while a review is carried out.

Claims regarding the drag queen, however, have not been verified by government or school heads.

The head of QEII High School in Peel, Charlotte Clarke, is quoted, saying: 'Having viewed a video which is currently circulating on social media relating to the school’s RSE curriculum and its delivery, we are concerned that there could be a number of inaccuracies with the information being shared.'

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture has previously asked people not to 'speculate' over issues with the content taught in schools.

Education Minister Julie Edge will be quizzed in the House of Keys on the matter this morning.

Jason Moorhouse, the questioner, wants to know who is in charge of 'establishing the facts' around this matter.

Manx Radio has contacted the Department of Education, Sport and Culture for comment.

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