When Florida Republicans and Gov. Ron DeSantis passed the “Parental Rights in Education” law last month, they were adamant: No discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation with children K-3.
But apparently, one ‘pansexual’ teacher in the Sunshine State didn’t take the intent behind the legislation seriously. And now, she’s been fired after discussing her status with students, per The Daily Wire:
“The subject matter angered some parents and students who wrote to administrators to voice their displeasure,” the New York Post reported. “Scott, who was working on a probationary basis and not part of the teachers union, was eventually told not to return to campus and that her contract was being terminated.”
“A discussion happened in class and because of that, now I’m fired,” Scott claimed in an interview with NBC2. “I like anyone despite male, female, non-binary, transgender.”
The Lee County School District said that Scott was fired from Trafalgar Middle School because she refused to follow the mandated curriculum.
Scott reportedly put up pictures that her students drew of their sexual orientations for everyone at the school to see and was then ordered to take them down.
“They said it would be in the best interest if I got rid of them now,” she said. “I went over to the recycling bin. I grabbed all their flags and all the kids were staring at me. And I crumbled their flags in front of them.”
Her firing actually came a few days before DeSantis signed the parental rights law, but clearly, lawmakers and many Florida schools were already moving in the direction of protecting the youngest students from age-inappropriate sexual materials.
“The bill prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through 3rd grade and prohibits instruction that is not age appropriate for students and requires school districts to adopt procedures for notifying parents if there is a change in services from the school regarding a child’s mental, emotional or physical health or well-being,” the governor’s office said of the bill.
“The bill builds on the Parents’ Bill of Rights, which was signed into law in Florida last year, and is part of Governor DeSantis’ Year of the Parent focus on protecting parental rights in education.”