Monday, April 28, 2014

UPDATE: Transgender Teacher Gets Her Job Back, As Long As She Isn't Near Any Children

Back on April 15, I posted about Laura Jane Klug, a substitute teacher in Lumberton, Texas who was removed from her classroom because she’s transgender — see post HERE. She didn’t do anything wrong in class — she wasn’t trying to enroll the students into The Gay — but apparently some parents felt so uncomfortable with her that they asked the school to get rid of her.

Well, the good news is that the school cannot get rid of Klug just because she’s the T in LGBT, at least according to a decision by Superintendent John Valastro, who reinstated Klug after a bitter school board meeting. But when Klug complained again, after her reinstatement that she had yet to receive a new teaching assignment Valastro said he hadn’t made a decision about her future.

Hypocrite say what?

Now, it appears that Klug will be given a new, temporary, full-time position that will keep her at the school at least through the end of the school year, but the bad news is that she will not be working in a classroom around The Childrens lest their parents get their homophobic undies in a bunch and start storming the school with their pitchforks and torches.

“I was asked not to say where I was working because we don’t want the media and we don’t want angry parents down there, because it’s near one of the schools. I said I’m willing to do whatever because I really need a paycheck. It doesn’t make me very happy, but I think it should placate them [the parents] somewhat.”—Laura Jane Klug
So, what? Is she working in the cafeteria? As a janitor? Anywhere that she won’t be around children? How is that a solution?

The fact is, and should always be, was she doing her job to the best of her abilities? Was she teaching the children, following the guidelines of the school? Then she should be allowed to teach and it shouldn’t matter what her orientation is; it’s hard enough finding good, qualified, dedicated teachers these days to just throw one out because of her sexual orientation.

And the case might not yet be over. Lambda Legal is looking into the idea that, even though the district is allowing Klug to work, reassigning her to9 an area where she isn’t around children could constitute a prohibited adverse employment action.

I hope she doesn’t give up her fight; I hope she takes it as far as she can; I hope, one day, these kids all turn to their parents and ask them why they wanted Klug removed from the classroom.
I want to hear them justify their transphobia to their children.


the dogs' mother said...

What a mess!

mrs.missalaineus said...

how the fuck is a teacher supposed to work in a school if they can't be around kids???

i hope she sues them up the wazoo!


Professor Chaos said...

What exactly do they think she's going to do to harm the kids? I mean, I have to assume she chose teaching because she likes kids and wants to help them.

Susan said...

She didn't even say she was working AT a school. Just near one. What the hell is that supposed to mean? A job a McDonalds? Yeesh!

anne marie in philly said...

I call bullshit on this; HOW can you work in a school and NOT be around kids?

♫Musique♫ said...

Why don't the kids be interviewed instead of their small minded ass parents

Helen Lashbrook said...

LGBT does not equal child molester; how many times does this need to be said before people realise the truth? thought you might be interested in this

Ron said...

Keep the spotlight on these situations Bob.



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