All Lucy Meadows ever wanted, she told her friend via emails shared with the Guardian, “was to be me“, the person she always felt she was meant to be, a woman and not the man she had been born 32 years earlier. Meadows had undergone gender reassignment surgery, a transition to become female, which lead the school she worked at to send a letter to parents informing them to the new identity of one of their children’s teachers. “Mr Upton has recently made a significant change in his life and will be transitioning to live as a woman. After the break, she will return to work as Miss Meadows,” wrote the head of St Mary Magdalen’s C of E school, Karen Hardman. What was unforeseen, was that this letter would leak to the press and make national tabloid headlines. Meadow’s life was turned upside down into a personal hell as newspapers phoned friends trying to get pictures of her. Her email correspondence suggested she had to go to work early and leave late to avoid media harassment. She would even slip out her back door early in the morning to avoid the press outside her home. She told her friend via email on New Year’s Day, “I know the press offered parents money if they could get a picture of me.” She then contacted the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), requesting that journalists and photographers stop hanging around outside her school and home in Accrington, Lancashire. Meadows even went as far as releasing the following statement asking for her privacy: This has been a long and difficult journey for me, and it was certainly not an easy decision to make. I’d now ask for my privacy to be respected so that I can continue with my job, which I’m committed to and which I enjoy very much. On Tuesday, March 19, Lucy Meadows was found dead in her Accrington home. News of the primary school teacher’s death has sparked widespread anger and calls for a Daily Mail columnist who belittled the teacher in a December article, to be immediately fired. (Read more below)
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