Cecilia Hernandez, a new civics teacher at Lomas Hill School in Cuajimalpa, was addressing sexual orientation and human rights, which is part of the official Department of Education curriculum.
But administrators say the Oscar-winning film by Gus Van Sant was way too adult.
Hernández, who showed the first half hour of the film to her 7th and 8th graders, says she included the screening in her approved lesson plan and heard no objections.
According to Proceso:
She also claims to have selected this film after offering her students other options and it was them who voted to watch Milk since it was based on a true story. She added that, before the movie played, she warned students the movie contained scenes that could make them uncomfortable.
But the day after she showed the clip, she was sent to the principal’s office and was told she was fired. When she went to the school the next day, two security guards took her to the office of the principal,
“The lack of tact ad the disrespect you have shown students today is unforgivable,” said principal Annette Muench de Labardini in an email. “I consider it disrespect towards myself as well, since your lesson plan did not say you were showing this filth.”
Though Hernández says she doesn’t want her job back, she’s filed a complaint with the national discrimination board.