LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — A transgender substitute teacher for Lumberton Independent School District in Texas found herself suspended following a “distraction” complaint from a parent of one of the students in her class.
Laura Jane Klug was told to stay home until the school board decides whether to let her return to work. Klug says she’s a professional and has worked at the school numerous times. She said an open school board meeting on Thursday will likely draw many parents.
According to KBMT-TV, the parent who complained, Roger Beard, an owner of a construction company in Lumberton, said this about Klug:
“If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”
Clearly, the school board isn’t tuned in to the legal rights of trans employees these days. If they come down on the wrong side of history on this one, they’ll no doubt eventually find themselves writing a big check to Ms. Klug. Meanwhile, the nice folks in Lumberton ought to have their construction needs done elsewhere — there are other people more deserving of your business than Roger Beard.
t/h Amanda Whyte.
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