BAD LESSON

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.