By Gabrielle Okun
A New York public school teacher was suspended Tuesday with pay after using a “genderbread” person handout to explain LGBTQ terms to middle school students, one parent discussed the situation over Facebook live video Sunday.
Jacqueline Hall, a health teacher at Cambridge Central School who is suspected of teaching students about being transgender, was suspended Tuesday. Hall attempted to teach seventh-graders about gender through the use of a “genderbread” person handout, which caused an outcry from parents, reported Fox News.
Hall was suspended after Sirell Fiel, a parent of a 7th grader, notified the school that his 11-year-old son brought home a packet discussing gender identity, reported WRGB Albany. Hall also brought in a member of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, an LGBTQ group for 7th and 10th graders. The speaker gave the 7th graders a four-page handout that gave definitions on homophobia, intersex, polyamory, pansexual, bisexual and cisgender.
“Genital reconstruction surgery, is that really something an 11-year-old kid should be learning and knowing about? No. I don’t think so,” Fiel says in the video.
“It’s not your right to take the innocence of my kid,” he added.
The principal claimed that the school knew a speaker from the group was coming to talk, but they did not know the full extent of the discussion. The speaker was “subsequently uninvited,” said Superintendent Vince Canini. Canini shares similar concerns with the parents regarding the incident.
“Transgender kids are coming out younger and younger,” said Martha Haven, CEO of Pride Center of the Capital Region. “If you love kids, you want them to have the most information possible. If a parent has a problem with the presentation, that’s the parent’s problem,” she added.
Haven also said that this was the first time they ever received an objection despite going to schools for over 12 years.
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