In the education ministry’s first-ever survey on gender identity disorder, schools across the country reported a total of 606 children with the disorder. Those numbers may seem small compared to the many issues schools have to contend with, but it is a significant number of children who deserve, and greatly need, attention and care.

The first survey, like the first ones on bullying years ago, hardly begins to uncover the full extent of the situation. The survey found 110 cases among middle school students and 403 among high school students. However, the survey covered only 37,000 special, elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. The total number of students with GID is certainly much higher.

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