The Daily Mail: Fire Richard Littlejohn for victimizing Lucy Meadows, possibly leading to her committing suicide.
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The Daily Mail: Fire Richard Littlejohn for victimizing Lucy Meadows, possibly leading to her committing suicide.

    1. Sam Morris and Scott John Harrison
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      Sam Morris and Scott John Harrison

      Durham, United Kingdom

Nathan Upton was a teacher at St Mary Magdalen's School in Accrington. Before the Christmas break the parents of children at the school were informed that after the break she was would be coming back to work after the holiday as Lucy Meadows.

It started out as confusion from parents, who simply didn't know what do think of it all, but most seemed to be simply concerned about the adjustment children would have to face rather than actively malicious. However, the more bigoted members of the community then went to the Daily Mail, where she was attacked by Richard Littlejohn who decided to single her out in the national paper.

No one deserves to have their lives turned upside down because of their gender identity being thrown into the national spotlight. The reason the parents who had a problem went to the Daily Mail is that there was no way to get her fired under equal opportunity law. So they tried to give the school bad press by saying how terrible it is that she is allowed to live her life freely. While little is known about the amount of abuse she ended up getting, the result is the same no matter what;

Lucy Meadows was found dead this week. If it was suicide, it was brought on from the hounding she received from Daily Mail readers. The possibility of this happening was enough for the daily mail to take down his original article without comment.

We, the undersigned, want a formal apology for the stress and pain that Richard Littlejohn and the Daily Mail caused Lucy Meadows and for Richard Littlejohn to be fired or resign from his post.

 

Articles:

Original article on Lucy's transition and return to work: http://www.accringtonobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/accrington-schools-letter-parents-tells-1273948

Article on Lucy's death: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/teacher-due-begin-new-term-1767749

Insincere obituary with incorrect pronouns from The Daily Mail (anonymous): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2297116/Primary-school-teacher-32-announced-pupils-changing-sex-dead-home.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

The now removed column from The Daily Mail's Richard Littlejohn: http://web.archive.org/web/20121221195332/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2251347/Nathan-Uptons-wrong-body--hes-wrong-job.html

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UPDATE 2: A petition also exists on SumOfUs please sign it as well - and tick the box if you are a Daily Mail reader: Link here

UPDATE: The Guardian has confirmed that Lucy was hounded by the press, and makes mention of Richard Littlejohn as a possible catylist for this. The article can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/22/lucy-meadows-press-harassment

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The Daily Mail
Fire Richard Littlejohn for being part of the victimizing Lucy Meadows, which possibly leading to her committing suicide.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • CHRIS KEENE NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      If bullies such as Littlejohn can be made an example of it will deter others

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    • Amy Squire SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      What a horrific story. Richard Littlejohn should be ashamed of himself. I hope this keeps him awake at night, although I fear it doesn't. Very telling they've removed the article from The Daily Mail website.

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    • Paul Seomore TOLLESHUNT MAJOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Who will speak up when they come for me?

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    • carole tipping COLNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      i take it little john is homophobic, its people like him, that causes hatred in this country. i use to read the mail, not anymore, all you do is preach hatred, and false lies, you need to grow up

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    • Lara Boons GEEL, BELGIUM
      • about 1 year ago

      Much small things, makes a big thing. AGAIN And again ... one little discrimination, is the ticking time-bomb to suicide. It's a KNOWN thing in the transgender-community. A known 'elephant in the living room', but also for John and nothing really happened for Little John, ... just an opinion, just a coincidence, no ?

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