(BLP) – A Florida teacher claims she was fired for discussing her “pansexual identity” with students. Trafalgar Middle School defends its move, stating that the teacher deviated from the state’s mandated curriculum.
“A discussion happened in class and because of that, now I’m fired,” said Casey Scott, a now-former teacher for the Lee County School District.
“I’m really ashamed … because I feel like it was all my fault. And I was just being myself,” she added.
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Scott says that she was fired after a student asked her about her sexuality. In response, Scott told the class that she identifies as pansexual – a sexual orientation that is defined as being sexually attracted to all genders.
However, school officials say that Scott deviated from the state-mandated curriculum by discussing non-academic topics with students. While they do not deny that she discussed her identity, they claim this is not relevant for a middle school classroom setting.
Nonetheless, many students and members of the local LGBT community have expectedly expressed anger at the district’s decision to fire Scott. They argue that her story is yet another example of discrimination against members of the LGBT community – especially in Florida schools.
Florida has notably taken a stronger stance than any other state when it comes to LGBT issues being discussed in the classroom. With Gov. Ron DeSantis signing the “Parental Rights in Education” – quickly dubbed “Don’t Say Gay bill into law.
Per the bill: “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.”
Nevertheless, many members of the community are calling on the district to reverse its decision and reinstate Scott as a teacher. They argue that her firing sends the wrong message to students and only serves to further reinforce discrimination within educational institutions.
The debate over whether LGBT issues should be discussed in schools has been raging for some time now, with proponents arguing that it is an important part of building an inclusive society.
Opponents, on the other hand, claim that it goes against parents’ wishes and distracts from academic priorities.
According to sunshine state Gov. Ron DeSantis: “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.”
Laws are meaningless if they are not enforced. Looks like Florida and its school districts are prepared to stand by its parents despite all the controversey that will undoubtedly head their way.