A Catholic mother says she is willing to ‘go to jail for her beliefs’ after being told she faces being questioned by police for describing a transgender woman as someone’s ‘son’.
Prosecutors told Caroline Farrow she must be questioned under caution for using male terminology to describe Jackie Green, who was born Jack before becoming one of the youngest people in the world to undergo sex-change surgery.
Mrs Farrow, 44, had been involved in a heated TV debate with Jackie’s mother Susie, after appearing on Good Morning Britain to debate sex-education classes for five-year-olds.
Six months after the debate she then made the comments that sparked the police probe in a Twitter exchange with Susie Green.
Jackie Green had the surgery when she was 16 and had previously said that her mother had faced ‘hostile remarks’ from people who ‘don’t understand the issues surrounding transgender’.
Last March, Mrs Farrow and Mrs Green went on GMB for a debate hosted by Piers Morgan about the Girl Guides’ policy of not informing parents if a child who attends the club joins a transgender group. Last September devout Catholic Mrs Farrow took to social media to continue the row.
And yesterday she said that the September comments had led to the police being contacted. – but stressed she didn’t care about the allegations and that she had done nothing wrong.
She Tweeted: ‘I don’t even remember said tweets. This was in September! But I really do not give a flying toss. I have done nothing wrong, nothing illegal and will happily do jail time for my right to say that people cannot change sex. ‘
Whilst tweeting her in opinion in September, she was accused of referring to Mrs Green’s transgender daughter using the wrong pronoun.
Following the heated on-air debate, Mrs Farrow allegedly took to Twitter to continue the spat and during the exchange was accused of referring to Mrs Green’s transgender daughter using the wrong pronoun.
Mrs Farrow said she couldn’t remember sending the tweets but highlighted that she said ‘he’ or ‘son’.
She is now being investigated for a possible hate crime under the malicious communication act.
If found guilty, she could face a two-year prison sentence.
In March, she also appeared on the show to discuss sex education for children. She branded plans to teach children as young as five about sex education- including LGBTQ relationships – ‘abusive’ and ‘indoctrination’.
Farrow slammed sex education at a young age as a form of ‘abuse’. She also inflamed viewers with her comments on seeing a same-sex couple kissing.
Last night Mrs Farrow tweeted that she had received a message from police regarding her tweets following the appearance in September last year.
She said: ‘Had a message from Guilford police tonight about my tweets following an appearance on @GMB with Susie Green and Piers Morgan. Susie Green has reported me for misgendering her daughter’.
She said she had highlighted to police that it was her ‘religious belief’ that a person cannot change sex.
She added: ‘We are in the middle of a national conversation about what it means to be male and what it means to be female.
‘Nonetheless following my appearance on National Television the CPS have decided I need to be interviewed under caution for misgendering Susie Green’s child’.
A spokesman for Surrey Police said: ‘We received an allegation on 15 October 2018 in relation to a number of tweets which were posted in October 2018.
‘A thorough investigation is being carried out to establish whether any criminal offences have taken place.
‘A 44-year-old woman has been asked to attend a voluntary interview in relation to the allegation as part of our ongoing investigation.’
In 2012 Jackie Green made history when she became the first transgender Miss England finalist.
Jackie, who was born Jack and spent her childhood trying to persuade her parents she had been born in to the wrong body, said: ‘I knew from the start that I was a girl, it was just actually having the vocabulary to make people understand.
‘I would have had the surgery at five years old if I could. After the surgery it felt like starting life for the first time.
‘Loads of kids go through stages, some people go down the transgender route and then change their minds, mostly because they don’t have the support of their family.
‘At primary school I dressed as a boy for the majority of the time. The kids understood and just took it in their stride.
‘But secondary school was horrible. I was being spat on, being beaten up and called so many different names. The parents were the worst.
‘I was prescribed ‘blockers’ by a doctor in Boston when was I was twelve. It basically paused puberty and it saved my life.
‘I would have killed myself. I wouldn’t have been able to cope.
When Jackie was aged just four she told her mother Susan: ‘God has made a mistake, I should be a girl.’
Trapped in a body she hated, Jackie first overdosed aged 11 and made six more suicide attempts before she was 15. Medicines were locked in a safe and knives had to be hidden away. She threatened to mutilate her genitals.
And so, aged 16, Jackie Green became the youngest person in the world to undergo transgender surgery.
She said:‘Without that surgery, I wouldn’t be here now.
‘I’m a girl, I always have been – there’s never been any doubt in my mind about that. It’s just that my body didn’t match because, as far as I’m concerned, I had a birth defect.’