JK Rowling house tribute scrapped by school following Twitter row

JK Rowling house tribute scrapped by school following Twitter row

A school has dumped plans to name a house after JK Rowling following controversial tweets.

The Harry Potter author has been at the centre of a Twitter row over comments about transgender people.

The Weald school in Billingshurst, West Sussex, had been set to name a house after Rowling, but has now scrapped the plan.

In a letter to parents and students on Wednesday, deputy headteacher Sarah Edwards said: “In recent days it has come to light that one of our new names may in fact no longer be an appropriate role model for our community.

“JK Rowling has tweeted some messages which are considered to be offensive to the LGBT+ community (specifically, trans-phobic) and we feel that we do not wish to be associated with these views.”

The house will now be named Blackman, in honour of celebrated author Malorie Blackman.

Ms Edwards said: “Malorie Blackman is a prolific author of children’s and young adult literature, writer of television and radio dramas, was the Children’s Laureate between 2013-2015 and uses her writing as a way of exploring social and ethical issues.

“We feel that she fits the bill as an excellent replacement for a modern-day female author, so that we retain our aim of having a
combination of historical and modern significant figures.”

The school, which caters to students aged 11-18, had last month announced new names for all five of its houses and the addition of a sixth to take affect from September.

The others will be named: DaVinci, Seacole, Mercury, Attenborough, and Thompson.

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