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Transgendered Texas Teacher Suspended

Posted on: April 10, 2014

A recent hire at Lumberton school district in Texas, a transgendered woman might lose her job next week for being a ‘distraction’ in the classroom. The substitute teacher Laura Jane Klug worked in the 5th grade classroom when parents of her students began to worry that their children would become confused with Klug’s identity.Laura Jane Klug

Klug was asked not to return after complaints were made, and although the school district has stated she hasn’t been fired yet, they are working on a school board decision for next week.

Ms. Klug has worked at the school previously without incident. Roger Beard, a parent whose child was in the class, was quoted as saying:

If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.

However many parents were supportive, stating that the teacher’s identify is not a complicated matter, and that other parents need to explain to their children about why it’s not an issue.

“My son knows who he is and I don’t think any outside influence is going to change that.” Said Jammie Marcantel, a parent of 5th grader. “I don’t worry about my son.”

In the state of Texas, such discrimination is unfortunately legal, but it’s up to the school board to decide if Klug will be allowed to continue teaching.

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