Over 200 people assembled for a vigil in front of the Daily Mail offices in Kensington this evening to mourn the passing of NUT member Lucy Meadows and to show our disgust at the article written about her in the newspaper by Richard Littlejohn.
Lucy, a teacher in Accrington, Lancashire, was becoming active in the Union and many thousands of NUT members across the country will have wanted to send their solidarity and condolences tonight - as we will also hope to at NUT Conference as well.
A petition on http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-daily-mail-fire-richard-littlejohn-for-victimizing-lucy-meadows-leading-to-her-possible-suicide explains the background to the protest:
"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.
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;
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".