Teachers Are Getting Suspended For Their Sexual Orientation As If Straight Were The Only Acceptable Truth

Teachers Are Getting Suspended For Their Sexual Orientation As If Straight Were The Only Acceptable Truth

It should be acceptable for both straight and gay teachers to bring up their significant others to their classes.
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For as long as I can remember, my teachers have always talked to their classes about their wives and husbands and it was seen as completely normal because they were all in straight relationships. Stacy Bailey, an elementary school art teacher, was suspended with pay since September for sharing the same information with her class just because she happened to be gay.

The Mansfield Independent School District explained that they suspended Bailey because she

“insists that it is her right and that it is age appropriate for her to have ongoing discussions with elementary-aged students about her own sexual orientation, the sexual orientation of artists, and their relationships with other gay artists."

They also claimed that parents complained to them about her trying to have discussions with her students about sexual orientations and that Bailey continued to have those conversations with them despite being told to stop.

However, Bailey’s attorney denied the school district’s statements and explained that “she never received directives to change her behavior — and never refused to follow any directive." They also said that the only comments that Bailey made in relation to sexuality were that she had a wife.

Personally, I believe that even if Bailey had tried to talk to her students about sexual orientations, it would not have merited her suspension. Many people think that exposing children to sexualities beyond heterosexual is harmful because it will influence their children into being gay or that the concept of being gay is too confusing to children to understand, and I completely disagree. Children should not be restricted to the heteronormative ideas that the majority of us grew up with. Informing children that it is okay to love someone of any gender is a positive thing because it not only teaches children to be accepting of people that are not straight but also helps normalize the thoughts and feelings of a gay child.

Bailey’s suspension occurred after she asked the school district to add protections for LGBTQ people in its anti-discrimination rules, but the school district stated that her attempt to include those protections did not influence their decision to suspend her. They came to the decision to suspend her because of “parents having certain rights pertaining to the topics to which their children are exposed.” I understand that parents have that right, but I do not think that the solution to the parent complaint was to suspend Bailey because multiple parents and students came to her defense and said that she is a wonderful teacher.

In Texas, the state where Bailey teaches, there are no laws that protect employees from discrimination based on their sexuality or gender, and that is unacceptable. It is time for the world to finally understand that straight people are not the only people that exist and that there is nothing wrong with being gay. Love is one of the most beautiful parts of the human experience and if it really bothers you that much to have your child be shown love between two people of the same gender, then you are the problem, not them.

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It's all about balance.
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Most girls are either girly girls or tomboys, but for some of us, we are a cross between the two. We are a rare breed between wearing dresses and shotgunning beers. We can relate to other girls but play sports with the boys without batting an eye. It's all about balance like balancing your ratio of pieces of pizza to how many pieces of cake you'll still be able to eat.

1. You love your comfy clothes.

You wish you could live the rest of your life in your favorite pair of sweatpants, yet you know you have to "adult" sometimes and put on more socially acceptable clothes.

2. You don't love shopping.

You find it a real hassle to drive all the way to the mall, just to aimlessly walk around looking for expensive clothes that you can't afford. Your one saving grace is the food court, that's your happy place.

3. You LOVE food.

Most of the time when you're in a bad mood it's because no one has fed you in a few hours. When you finally get that burger you've needed, you don't care who sees you devour it.

4. You're not graceful.

When you wear heels you look like a baby giraffe learning to walk. You wonder how these other girls glide around in heels while you're falling in trash cans.

5. You love wearing a dress.

You love wearing a dress, because think about it, it's one piece of clothing instead of having to put an entire outfit together. But you are sure to always wear some shorts under it, knowing that if shenanigans present themselves a dress isn't going to stop you from participating in the festivities.

6. Your makeup routine takes 10 minutes or less.

Sometimes you get in a girly mood and try to watch makeup tutorials, the end result never turns out well and normally results in you wiping it all off and eating an entire frozen pizza instead.

7. You love playing/watching sports.

You feel at home on the field or court, you're never afraid to get down and dirty when it comes to your favorite sport. You'd rather watch sports than "Say Yes to the Dress."

8. You love beer.

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9. Sometimes you just really don't know what kind of girl you are.

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I Won't Forgive The Anti-Semitic Students Of Spain Park, Not Yet

Maybe it isn't time for an apology.

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I am Jewish. It is something I have never been afraid of and something I value as much in life as I do with my family and friends. Throughout my life, though I have witnessed hate of the Jewish people and jokes made about Jewish people.

In high school, I had to listen to jokes about Jews and the gas chambers and was asked because I was Jewish if I could do someone else's math homework.

To say I had to deal with anti-Semitism in the South does not come close to describing what I had to go through. As time went by the jokes stopped and I thought I would not have to deal with instances of prejudice or bigotry but I was wrong. Growing up as one of the only Jewish people in my friend group and in high school it made me consider myself strong and ready for college but in my freshman year I had to go through other jokes about my religion and even in sophomore year had to witness someone I thought was my friend make a joke about my religion because "he thought it was funny."

I let the instances of anti-Semitism serve as times when I could prove people wrong I learned to forgive and forget.

But I had to witness other acts of hate towards Judaism while in college. From swastikas on a fraternity house, a synagogue shooting, the BDS movement and more hate speech, the hate towards Jews have seemed to grow and I do not understand why. I get hurt each time I hear of an instance but it has not allowed me to view my Judaism any differently. However, there was an occurrence that has affected me in a different way.

It happened in my home state and it has not sat well with me.

On Monday a video surfaced of multiple high school students making anti-Semitic and anti-Black comments. The video featured a guy turning around the camera multiple times to show he was laughing and thought it was funny while others made comments about concentration camps, what would happen if Jews ruled the world and asking what the world would be like without the Holocaust. The students were from Spain Park in Birmingham and have gathered quite a reputation online.

To say I am filled with anger, disappointment, and embarrassment is an understatement.

This is my home state and these students are not only disrespecting the Jewish and Black people in the state of Alabama but throughout the US and possibly even in the world. I am hurt by this instance but I am not ready to forgive these students just yet.

After the video was leaked online some of the students sent messages to the person who uploaded the video apologizing. That I took as a mature gesture until I read the apology from the girl in the video. The apology asked if the user could remove the video because it would ruin her life and reputation. It was later found out that the female student is the daughter of the manager of the Toyota dealership in Hoover after the manager posted an apology.

Any remorse I had going for these students was now gone.

They were not sorry. They were sorry that they got caught and were facing consequences. They gave the apology that your parents made you say when you did not want to apologize. They did not care about who they had harmed or what they had said, they cared because they had to face consequences and they know that this mistake would follow them for the rest of their life.

I'm at a loss for words.

I don't know how to feel. I know someone will tell me I am overreacting but how am I supposed to approach this? What they said was wrong and there is no proper way to express frustration for it. I know people get offended by certain things but some things are not meant to be a joke. So I hope what you said was worth it and was fun to say because it will follow you for the rest of your life. Some lessons are best-learned overtime and it looks like you will have a chance to reflect on these events.

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