An Arizona public school art teacher has been fired for allegedly discriminating against a transgender student and distributing Bibles to her class.
The Chandler Unified School District called Annella Krom’s behavior towards the student “objectionable, disrespectful, and unprofessional,” according to the East Valley Tribune.
The student chose to work on an art project about their personal gender journey, an impressive topic for a teenager to select.
But rather than encourage the brave student, Krom asserted the topic was inappropriate for the classroom. When the student pushed back, Krom dug her heels in, promising to give the student a failing grade — 0 out of 50 — for the project.
The student went to a counselor, who brought in the administration. Krom told the principal via email that she doesn’t condone the LGBTQ lifestyle and won’t take place in any art project that aims to glorify it.
“I understand that you are probably unwilling to change your topic at this point,” the teacher allegedly wrote to the student, “but I cannot be forced to compromise convictions.”
The district took notice of Krom’s convictions and fired her, charging her with violating the nondiscrimination clause of her contract.
Because if there’s one thing that fosters freethinking artistic expression, it’s strong religious censorship.