Narrow-minded Texans are afraid of rainbow stickers and unicorns • Instinct Magazine
How have you lost a job in the past? Was it petty? Well-deserved? A fued you couldn’t win? Was it a sticker everywhere?
A teacher from Irving, Texas, learned last Friday that she would no longer be employed at the end of the school year because she had chosen to be a human being and opposed the removal by the school of a pro-LGBTQ “safe space” sticker from the school building. Rachel Stonecipher received a notice that included this statement:
“The Board approved the Administration’s recommendation by a vote of 6 to 0, with one member absent. Based on this action, your internship contract under Chapter 21 has been terminated and your employment with Irving ISD will end on May 27, 2022.”
As a teacher or in any profession, you know you can’t rock the boat during this trial period. It seems from the statement that Stoncecipher was still in this probationary period.
She had been out of class since the fall of 2021 on administrative leave. , “I wish I had been surprised that the Irving School Board voted to terminate my contract,” Stonecipher said. Rolling stone. “But they have shown no willingness to collaborate or even respond verbally to any speakers who have spoken out against discrimination since the district first removed me from class.”
The ordeal began when teachers returned to campus at the start of the 2021 school year and noticed that rainbow “safe space” stickers had been removed from classroom doors without any prior notification.
A bulletin was issued explaining that the removal of the stickers was due to “district policy” and that the administration wanted to make the entire campus a safe zone for all students. Seven teachers drafted a response which was sent via Stonecipher email to the rest of the faculty. A few days later, she was placed on administrative leave, then indicted after an HR complaint accusing her of having defamed a colleague as homophobic, which Stonecipher denies.
Hundreds of students walked out of class to protest Stonecipher’s removal in September. Three spoke at the April 18 meeting, where the board voted on the recommendation to terminate Stonecipher’s contract — a move an administration representative said was in the best interest of the district. After last fall’s protest, the school released a statement defending the decision. “The district does not permit teachers to use classrooms to convey personal beliefs regarding political or sectarian issues,” the statement said. – Rolling Stone
It becomes difficult for teachers. I’m so lucky not to be in this field right now. I taught high school social studies for 10 years. But to see what have to face the teachers of homosexual pupils, the parents in order to give them a basic education on the world while being treated as pedophiles, groomers, etc…. the mental dysfunction of the Republican mob has been and will continue to be the downfall of this nation.
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