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Parents Force Transgender Teacher Out Of A Job

KlugAt this point we should probably just write a template for this story and fill in the details every time it happens: yet another teacher has been yanked out of school by complaining parents who don’t know what they’re talking about.

This time it’s Laura Jane Klug, a substitute teacher in Lumberton, Texas. One father of a fifth-grade student said that Klug was a potential distraction, and that’s apparently all it takes to rob someone of their livelihood in the Lumberton school system. She’s been temporarily removed from classes, and the school board will meet on Thursday to make a final decision about her employment.

The same parent also objected that Klug might cause students to have “inappropriate” questions. But of course, these are just flimsy excuses. The real reason is that these parents have no idea what transgender people are actually like, and are afraid of what they don’t understand, and are lashing out at something just because it’s different from them. It’s bigotry, that’s all, and all this hand-wringing about “distraction” and “inappropriate” is just a show they put on to make themselves feel like they’re not bigots.

There’s not much that you can do to help, unless you live in the Lumberton school district. But if you do, you must stop by the school board meeting on Thursday to voice your support.

By:           matt baume
On:           Apr 9, 2014
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  • 17 Comments
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      If I were in that area, I would definitely stop by to voice my support of the teacher. And Matt you :) are correct when you state that the ” parents are afraid of what they don’t understand, and are lashing out at something just because it’s different from them. ” The unnecessary stress this parent is putting this teacher through is uncalled for. And thank you for reporting on this Matt. Because this is our battle also. GLBTQ…

      Apr 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desert Boy
      Desert Boy

      Lumberton, Texas? Is anyone remotely surprised this happened in Taliban Texas?

      Apr 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ruddac
      ruddac

      Worried about “inappropriate questions”, eh? Of course. The Texas board of education passed an edict prohibiting “critical thinking” in classrooms.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Texasse are NOT welcome in Tucson, Arizona! just don`t bother to come.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Texasteacher
      Texasteacher

      I lost my first teaching job due to the same “parental concerns” about my being gay. It was Earlsboro High School in Earlsboro, Oklahoma just outside of Shawnee in 1995. Many small towns allow prejudice from the lowest common denominators to make all of their decisions. I don’t know how the students or parents would even know that this woman is transgender, but from my experience in Earlsboro, it may be due to the constant snooping done by parents. I can remember many instances catching people looking through my garbage outside, just to name one instance.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Texasteacher
      Texasteacher

      I hope the community comes together in a more rational way now that it’s nearly 20 years later and reinstates her. Public school teachers are not public property. She needs to be treated as the professional she is.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      This is why we need national protection for LGBTQ people. ENDA would be an important step. Let’s not just wish it happens, let make sure our federal representatives make it happen.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dshawns
      Dshawns

      I live in the city adjacent to Lumberton and I am proud to say that nearly the entire community is in support of her keeping her job. So before you start slamming Texas perhaps you should learn the facts. My partner and I live openly and are completely accepted. For our area to be somewhat rural, our community is widely accepted and welcomed. People are becoming more educated about the LGBQ communities but are still lacking in knowledge about the transgender community.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Will L
      Will L

      I’m not quite sure that the time is right for a fifth-grade substitute teacher. In a very small community where everyone knows one another (and her) then maybe. I really hate to say that, too, because I’m sorry it happened. She needs to make sure (up front) that the school is willing to stand by her if and when she returns to a school.

      Apr 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sejjo
      sejjo

      “Parents Force Transgender Teacher Out Of A Job”

      So what else is new? The template idea is not a bad one btw. It will save you lots of time. I fear I may become complacent because this happens an average of way too often.

      Apr 10, 2014 at 2:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SilverRayne
      SilverRayne

      That is way too close to home. I live less than an hour from Lumberton.

      Apr 10, 2014 at 3:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne
      HirsuteOne

      Contact the Lumberton school board:

      http://www.lumberton.k12.tx.us/education/components/form/default.php?sectiondetailid=10390&

      Apr 10, 2014 at 7:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      @HirsuteOne: Thanks for that link. Sent my message to the school board…

      Apr 10, 2014 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne
      HirsuteOne

      @Tackle:

      I also contacted them with a message of support for Ms. Klug. Do you know what happened? What was the final outcome?

      Apr 11, 2014 at 11:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jessie R
      Jessie R

      The federal EEOC ruled that discrimination against transgender people in the workplace is legally a type of sex discrimination and therefore prohibited. Throw the book at the school so hard that it leaves a permanent dent.

      Apr 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      @HirsuteOne: Yes she was reinstated after 13 members of the public spoke out. And I’m sure all the online support also helped: )

      Apr 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HirsuteOne
      HirsuteOne

      @Tackle:

      Great!

      Apr 12, 2014 at 2:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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