CAPE CORAL, FL – A brilliant comedic storyteller who would not want his name being used here has a joke that goes, “What I should have said was . . . nothing.”
It’s what a former Lee County art teacher should have said when, she claims, her students asked about her sexuality. The discussion and her students’ ensuing LGBTQ-supportive artwork got her fired from her position at Trafalgar Middle School.
The incident, by the way, had nothing to do with the Parental Rights in Education bill, which had not yet been signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“I’m really ashamed … because I feel like it was all my fault. And I was just being myself. A discussion happened in class and because of that, now I’m fired.”
She claimed that “a lot of kids” came up to her revealing they identify as nonbinary, bisexual or gay. Scott, who said she is married to a man, said she revealed her sexual identity to her students at the Cape Coral middle school only after she was asked. She told the reporter:
“I’m pansexual. I like anyone despite male, female, non-binary, transgender.”
Pansexual is defined as being someone who is not limited in sexual choice to biological sex or gender identity.
During an investigation of the incident, the students verified that Scott revealed she was pansexual, a term understood by some of them but which confused other students, the NBC 2 story reported.
TEACHER FIRED 🚨 A Cape Coral Middle School teacher claims she was fired because she spoke with her students about sexuality.https://t.co/hMPU8vVT5f
— NBC2 (@NBC2) May 3, 2022
As a result of the discussion, Scott said, some of her students created LGBTQ flags, which she decided to hang on her classroom door. When school administrators saw the display, she said, they told her to take them down. Scott said administrators told her:
“It would be in the best interest if I got rid of them.”
She snapped pictures showing the artwork in a recycling bin. She explained:
“I went over to the recycling bin. I grabbed all their flags and all the kids were staring at me. And I crumbled their flags in front of them.”
Scott was sent home and later received a call from school administrators, who informed her that she was being released from her contract.
Scott thinks her students supported her and are sorry to see her go. She said she saw social media posts from students upset over her firing.
An art teacher at a middle school in Cape Coral, Florida, who identifies as “pansexual,” said she was fired from her job for discussing sexuality with her students. https://t.co/Jc9j1khyS5
— The National Desk (@TND) May 5, 2022
However, the Lee School District said it had received complaints from parents who were concerned about the conversation and the artwork.
The district released handwritten accounts from students that said they were allowed to draw any type of flag they wanted, including flags expressing who they are.
The district issued a statement about the incident. It said the teacher, who was in a probationary period with her contract, did not follow the approved curriculum. It said:
“The District exercised its right to terminate the teacher’s probationary contract because she did not follow the state-mandated curriculum.”
A representative with the Teachers Union of Lee County confirmed that the district was within its rights to terminate Scott’s employment. Kevin Daly explained that Scott could legally be fired as a probationary teacher and that she did not belong to the teachers union. He added:
“During that probationary period they can let you go without cause.”
Daly said the firing could be a wake-up call for all teachers when it comes to discussing LGBTQ issues. Daly said:
“There is kind of a heightened state of where is the boundary? And what are employees supposed to do? Or allowed to do, when a topic comes up in discussion.”
Florida has become the target of activists, who see the Parental Rights in Education law — recently signed by Gov. DeSantis — as anti-LGBTQ.
I want every member of the LGBTQI+ community — especially the kids who will be impacted by this hateful bill — to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are. I have your back, and my Administration will continue to fight for the protections and safety you deserve. https://t.co/OcAIMeVpHL
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 8, 2022
In a statement on the governor’s website, DeSantis states:
“Parents’ rights have been increasingly under assault around the nation, but in Florida we stand up for the rights of parents and the fundamental role they play in the education of their children.”
“Parents have every right to be informed about services offered to their child at school, and should be protected from schools using classroom instruction to sexualize their kids as young as 5 years old.”
According to the governor, the law takes three key steps to protect students and put power back in the hands of parents:
- This bill prohibits classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity in K-3 classrooms, and after 3rd grade, these conversations need to be age-appropriate.
- The bill ensures that at the beginning of every school year, parents will be notified about healthcare services offered at the school, with the right to decline any service offered.
- The bill ensures that whenever a questionnaire or health screening is given to K-3 students, parents receive it first and provide permission for the school to administer the questionnaire or health screening to their child.
The bill further states:
“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Crystal Czyscon, an LGBTQ activist, said her concern is for the mental health of the transgender and nonbinary students who were in Scott’s classes. Czyscon said she thinks the school district made a mistake and added:
“I would like to see a statement from the school board recognizing they have to have a mental health counselor come in and speak with the children impacted by their actions toward this teacher.”
‘I have to tread very lightly for fear of losing my job’: Nonbinary trans ‘teacher’ spills on indoctrinating children under her care
May 3, 2022
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TEXAS – A self-identified “nonbinary, trans teacher” has gone on TikTok to share how she indoctrinates children entrusted to her care.
Her message was shared on Twitter by Libs of TikTok. The post specifies her as a “middle school teacher,” although the unidentified teacher does not indicate that particular position in her video.
In fact, overlying the video are the words:
“*I run a state-funded after school program, I’m not a ~licensed teacher btw.”
This person’s TikTok handle appears to be @hound_oflove, which links to a currently private account with no bio.
What seems to be accurate, however, is that Texas tax dollars are funding this person who is in charge of the care of children.
The teacher begins by indicating that she has frequent conversations about “queerness and transness” with ‘her’ kids:
“So the conversation I talked about in my last video is a lot like a lot of the conversations I have about queerness and transness with my kids.”
She goes on to suggest that she is well aware that what she is doing, talking to the children about such topics, is grounds for her dismissal:
“Because I work in a conservative area, and I’m an out, nonbinary, trans teacher, I have to tread very lightly for fear of losing my job.”
She next explains:
“And so a lot of times, I put it in terms of hypotheticals with the kids.
“I say, ‘Oh, some people like to use this.’
“When I talk about my title, Mx, I say, ‘Oh, it’s just a third alternative to Mr., Ms., that some people like to use.”
Referring again to her apparent knowledge that her indoctrination is something that could bring her problems with her employers, she concludes:
“I let them kind of draw their own conclusions when it comes back to me, while also keeping it general enough to not bring the heat on myself.”
The video can be viewed in the embedded tweet below:
Trans non-binary Texas middle school teacher explains how she incorporates discussions about queerness and transness in the classroom pic.twitter.com/8O19j44oYr
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 2, 2022
Responses on Twitter to this post were varied.
Some Twitter users took exception to the message.
One user wrote:
“Many kids can’t find Texas or England on a map, do division or write a coherent sentence, but at least they’re being taught an alternative to the titles Ms. or Mr.
“I’m a public school teacher and completely understand the movement to pull kids from the system.”
Many kids can’t find Texas or England on a map, do division or write a coherent sentence, but at least they’re being taught an alternative to the titles Ms. or Mr. I’m a public school teacher and completely understand the movement to pull kids from the system.
— Keith Robinson (@POTUS1_Fanboy) May 2, 2022
Others found nothing wrong with the video, with one responding:
“literally what is the problem with this.”
literally what is the problem with this
— dean 🦋 (@deanyyboy) May 2, 2022
It is interesting that this person simultaneously expresses the desire to indoctrinate children on queer and trans subjects, and the desire to avoid scrutiny by those who pay her salary.
It makes one wonder what she thinks about the parents in the picture.
At the same time, it appears that she is unable to suppress her drive to share how she indoctrinates those under her care, as she has apparently publicly gone on TikTok more than once to discuss talking about “queerness and transness” with her students.
This @hound_oflove TikTok account has 398 followers at this writing. That is a lot of publicity for someone who claims she wants to keep her indoctrination on the down-low for fear of losing her job.
Whatever side of the debate you’re on. It’s amazing to me how many teachers feel the need to record and release public TikTok videos.
— Brightonian (@PursuitOfTrut14) May 2, 2022
Not to mention that she should know that a TikTok video can be tweeted to thousands upon thousands, as it was in this case.
But nobody ever said that “teachers” bent on indoctrination of children are inspired by logical thinking.
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