Stacy Bailey, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary in Arlington, Texas, was suspended without pay last September after the district “received complaints from parents about Ms. Bailey discussing her sexual orientation with elementary-aged students.”
Bailey, who was an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary since 2008, won the “Teacher of the Year” award twice.
Mansfield ISD said: “Parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation.”
Bailey rejects the claims that parents complained. She points to her advocacy of LGBTQI as the reason for her suspension. One month before she was suspended, she emailed the school district requesting it to “begin a discussion” about introducing LGBTQI to its anti-discrimination policies, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.
“We have many LGBTQ teachers, students, and families in this district. We deserve the right to feel protected by our district,” Bailey wrote.
But Mansfield ISD maintains that is not why she was suspended. It stated:
… concerns regarding Ms. Bailey are not about her request to have our nondiscrimination policies reviewed and/or revised with regard to LGBTQ rights. Mansfield ISD welcomes that discussion … Rather, the District’s concern is that Ms. Bailey 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.
In a statement to the Dallas Morning News, Bailey’s lawyer, Giana Ortiz, denied that Bailey ever discussed her sexuality with her students. She said:
For Stacy, this entire ordeal began when she spoke with the students about her family which, for Stacy, included her wife … The District appears to speak for Stacy when it states that she ‘insists it is her right and that it is age appropriate’ to discuss matters including ongoing discussions about her own sexuality. This is absolutely false. Further, she never received directives to change her behavior … The fact is that she was placed on leave after years of exemplary work based on a single parent complaint.
It’s likely that the issue will end up in court. Either way, parents don’t want teachers talking about their sexuality or being a lesbian. Bailey can make any claims she wants. The fact of the matter is that the school is accountable to the parents– who have the final say over who teaches their children, and what they are taught.
Why should students be subjected to lesbianism in their art class? Hasn’t the liberal indoctrination of gender dysphoria gone far enough?