To have told him, Pull yourself together, act like a boy, would have been tantamount to child abuse.
I want my children to be able to express themselves freely, to be who they are, not what I want them to be.
So, they have the school tell the other kids to NOT think or express themselves freely, by making them address a boy as a girl from now on. Forcing everyone else to play in their charade. Why is ‘their’ freedom more important than all the other kids’?
But what if they freely trounce the living daylights out of him whenever the playground monitor isn’t looking, and then return and look shocked that anyone should do such a thing in broad daylight? Innocent, cherubic faces, as Livvy accuses them each. How long will Livvy remain Livvy? Will his mummy let him morph back to Sam?
And two and three and four, LEFT, DAMMIT, LEFT! Pick up a rock and put it in your LEFT hand. YOUR MILITARY LEFT HAND!
It's hard to watch that when you took care of so many.