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Teacher Told Not to Return to Texas School After Parents Discover She is Transgender: VIDEO

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Laura Jane Klug, a substitute teacher at the Lumberton Independent School District in Lumberton, Texas, was told not to return to her classes after parents complained about the fact that she is transgender, 12 News reports.

Klug said they suspended her pending a decision by the school board on whether to continue using her as a substitute teacher.

BeardSaid one parent, Roger Beard:

"There's some things that we can accept in society that children are not going to accept the same way that we do...It's a very big distraction...I really don't want them teaching, especially this age group. They can do many things in life but if it affects our little children and their ability to learn and grow naturally I think there's an issue with that."

Klug released a statement: "I have always conducted myself in a professional manner and would never discuss my gender identity in school."

Watch the 12 News report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Are they afraid the teacher is contagious.

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 10, 2014 2:04:12 PM


  2. Only an issue because the ignorant parents make it one. "

    "There's some things that we can accept in society that children are not going to accept the same way that we do" - that seems to be exactly backwards.

    Posted by: ScottCA | Apr 10, 2014 2:07:11 PM


  3. The irony - had Roger Bard not been carefully taught how to hate, he'd not hold this "opinion"

    I have a nephew who is 9, and there's a girl in his class who is, yes, transgender. wanna know the amazing thing? her fellow students understand her - and have no weirdness about her, nor confusion, nor prejudice toward her.

    hatred and prejudice are taught. and they're taught young.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 10, 2014 2:13:26 PM


  4. That comment, ScottCA, reminds me of the commercial showing a biracial couple about which the right wing nutcases threw a conniption fit. When shown to kids they couldn't understand the problem. They had to be told that it was a biracial couple that was bad. The kids won't necessarily recognize that a transsexual teacher is/was a man unless the parents complain about it. Which again proves the line from South Pacific. "You have to be carefully taught" to hate. The parents want the kids to hate. I keep hoping that as the millenials grow up and have kids there will finally be a lessening of this idiotic thinking.

    Posted by: sjaeger | Apr 10, 2014 2:16:18 PM


  5. That comment, ScottCA, reminds me of the commercial showing a biracial couple about which the right wing nutcases threw a conniption fit. When shown to kids they couldn't understand the problem. They had to be told that it was a biracial couple that was bad. The kids won't necessarily recognize that a transsexual teacher is/was a man unless the parents complain about it. Which again proves the line from South Pacific. "You have to be carefully taught" to hate. The parents want the kids to hate. I keep hoping that as the millenials grow up and have kids there will finally be a lessening of this idiotic thinking.

    Posted by: sjaeger | Apr 10, 2014 2:16:18 PM


  6. I see nothing inherently wrong in letting her go. If the school didn't know, that means that she may have lied on her application for employment. That alone would be grounds for termination.

    Also, given the extremely high rates of suicide and mental illness among trangenders, the school has to think about how that might impact the children. In addition to secondary mental illness, remember that transgenderism itself continues to be listed in the DSM V, which sets forth treatable mental conditions. It is under different categories now, but it's still there. Kids have a right to a mentally and emotionally healthy teacher.

    And if she is not just trans but also a trans activist, then she is also very likely antigay. So letting her go is a good thing for the safety and dignity of the LGB students in her class.

    Posted by: JMartindale | Apr 10, 2014 2:16:44 PM


  7. JMartindale, why don't you take your transphobic nonsense elsewhere. It's not welcome here.

    Posted by: Mike8787 | Apr 10, 2014 2:18:24 PM


  8. Wow, really Kiwi? Cuz I have a niece who goes to school with, yes, a trans activist boy, aged 4. He tries to inculcate them all with gender theory and demands that everyone refer to him as "they" and "zir". All his peers hate him.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 10, 2014 2:22:51 PM


  9. i@jmartindale. weaksauce. what's between her legs is none of the school's business. and if she's competent and professional, the onlyargument you have is anti transgender bigotry, which is wrong

    Posted by: jaker | Apr 10, 2014 2:23:48 PM


  10. Forget it, Jake. It's Lumberton.

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Apr 10, 2014 2:30:06 PM


  11. If the school moves to dismiss her, she can sue and win in court. Texas may not protect its transgender citizens but the federal government does.... Federal courts have consistently ruled that transgender discrimination is the same as gender discrimination and is illegal under federal law.

    Posted by: dana | Apr 10, 2014 2:30:11 PM


  12. Jaker, what is between her legs is not the issue. What is written on her job application is an issue. And what is between her ears is an issue. Schools should not be subjecting young children to mental illness and homophobia, which is the unsavory package you are likely to get if you hire a trans activist.

    Posted by: JMartindale | Apr 10, 2014 2:33:44 PM


  13. What exactly do these parents think goes on in that school on a substitute teacher day?

    Seems like fear grown of ignorance to me.

    And anyone that thinks trans-folks are damaged, or dangerous in any way, obviously doesn't know enough trans people.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Apr 10, 2014 2:39:17 PM


  14. Wacky.

    Rick is using three (maybe four)different poster names to argue with himself today.

    You should write plays or screenplays, Rick...for right-wing nuts, of course.

    Rick, why don't you bring "Enchantra" back from the dead? She was fun to insult. Oh, well, I guess you don't want to wear drag to the keyboard anymore.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 10, 2014 2:39:28 PM


  15. Dana,

    lol! no federal courts have ruled that way. If they did, we should immediately drop gender identity from ENDA, since is what is killing job protections for LGBs. in fact, we should drop gender identity from ENDA regardless.

    the EEOC put out a guidance that includes gender identity. but no court is bound by the EEOC's opinion, and if this tranny sues on that basis, s/he/it will lose big time.

    Posted by: Debs | Apr 10, 2014 2:40:12 PM


  16. Pete N SFO: Please do not speak for trans* people. You are a cisgender male and have no right to characterize us or speak for us. We do not need or want a white knight.

    Trans* folk have rates of suicide/suicidal attempts/suicidal ideation of approximately 71% and commit crimes leading to incarceration at a rate 5X greater than the general population. We have serious issues and it doesn't help any of us when arrogant white knights like you try to sweep our issues under the rug.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Apr 10, 2014 2:45:29 PM


  17. @Debs- Since it's clear you didn't go to law school, I suggest you try using google. As an aside, cool the incendiary rhetoric, it detracts from your point and makes you look like a jerk.

    Posted by: dana | Apr 10, 2014 2:56:56 PM


  18. @ "leading to incarceration at a rate 5X greater than the general population. We have serious issues and it doesn't help any of us when arrogant white knights like you try to sweep our issues under the rug"

    OK. That makes 5 different personalities that Rick is using to post comments in this discussion.

    Rick, you are not fit to use THEDRDONNA's posting name.

    I may be a drunk, but Rick is one sick b1tch.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 10, 2014 2:57:21 PM


  19. the irony of a deeply-closeted woman-hating homosexual man on this site posing as women to make his comments is rather hilarious, indeed.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 10, 2014 3:18:01 PM


  20. "Beard says he doesn't have a problem with transgender people" Yeah, right.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 10, 2014 3:19:39 PM


  21. Rick, I'm not Transphobic. So when you post transphobic things under my name you just make it all the more obvious that you're a troll using dozens of usernames to irritate the other commenters on here.

    And your transphobic lies don't fool anyone. What kind of sociopath is desperately obsessed with tearing down Transgender people? Oh right, you.

    I obviously agree with Kiwi on Trans issues, so using my name to attack him is clearly just projection on your part. And impersonating TheDrDonna, one of the most authoritative pro-trans commenters on this site, is rather low.

    As Derrick points out, Rick is posting under the names Jaker, JMartindale, (fake) Tyler and Debs. Four aliases in just a single comment thread alone. I guess he doesn't have a life or a job. I guess his mother's corpse doesn't charge him $$$ to live in her basement.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 10, 2014 3:28:20 PM


  22. Derrick, WTF are you banging on about? I literally don't understand one single thing you wrote. Dr. Donna is a transwoman and we should defer to trans people when they represent themselves. It is appallingly rude of you to do otherwise.

    Posted by: William Berensen | Apr 10, 2014 3:29:45 PM


  23. Hahaha ohh the pathetic troll resorts to using my name again to try to lend their bigotry some gravitas. Troll, your opinions are bad and you should feel bad.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Apr 10, 2014 3:30:34 PM


  24. Andy, are you so cheap or so naive as to refuse to switch to a better commenting system?

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 10, 2014 3:31:02 PM


  25. Right, William. I you really thought that was me, and you actually read what that troll said with my name, then you must not have read anything else I've written in my time as a commentor at this site. The statistics were wrong, and the conclusions drawn from them were openly bigoted.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Apr 10, 2014 3:32:34 PM


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