Considering Daily mail bullied a transgender teached to suicide (pretty sure it was Daily mail), and I am trans woman studying to be a teacher...
The Daily Mail got the blame for it but I actually think that was somewhat unfair.
I should start by saying that I generally detest the Mail and I actually dislike defending it because there's so much dislikable about it. As a general rule it represents the worst of the regressive gutter press and arguably the only thing that can really be said to be positive about it (outside the TV guide) is that it wasn't as deeply involved in hacking as the News International papers... and a large part of that is because it simply doesn't do any real journalism, instead waiting to find something to be outraged about and then being outraged. Likewise Richard Littlejohn, the author of the piece in question
is a deeply unlikeable person, a reactionary right winger who writes for the lowest common denominator and tries to defend his prejudice behind the cloak of "common sense".
But I didn't think the piece that got the attention is that bad. I disagree almost utterly with it and his arguments but they are in of themselves reasonable arguments. He didn't attack Lucy Meadows for transitioning, he didn't attack the NHS for funding (at least partially) her transition and he didn't attack her for being a teacher or continuing her teaching career post-transition. He questioned whether it was right for a teacher who had previously lived and acted as a male in front of young children to continue to teach those same children having transitioned and whether this was difficult or harmful for the children. As I say, I disagree with him utterly but I don't think it's an unreasonable argument to make and I don't think it constitutes bullying, despite some crude language.
I also note that in Miss Meadow's suicide note she makes no mention of the press, instead referring to her debts, a number of recent deaths of those close to her and stress from her job. She had also told her therapists that while the press coverage was stressful she'd found it easier than she'd expected. While the coroner did single out the Daily Mail for criticism they were officially rebuked for doing so.
Considering the vile, open and far worse transphobia
that semi-regularly appears on The Guardian/Observer... normally held up as one of, if not, the leading liberal/progressive/mildly left wing papers, I think the criticism of the Mail for that article alone was somewhat overblown... it was simply a stick to beat the Mail with and while it does deserve a good beating I don't think that article was quite worthy of one.