An art teacher in Mansfield, TX, has been suspended after discussing her homosexuality with elementary-aged children.
Stacy Bailey, who teaches students younger than 10-years-old, was suspended with pay in September after several complaints from parents regarding the subject matter of Bailey’s class.
“[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,” said a statement from the Mansfield Independent School District.
Bailey claims that she was suspended because she requested that the school district start a gay/straight alliance club, and her case has caused a rift in the community.
But in a refreshing display of traditional values in public schools, Mansfield ISD is not backing down.
“Parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc.,” the statement continued. “Ms. Bailey refused to follow administration’s directions regarding age-appropriate conversation with students.”