Transgender teacher suspended from job

Lumberton, Texas (KFDM) -- A substitute teacher in Texas has been suspended for being transgender.

The school district in Lumberton confirms they are looking into the matter and no one has been terminated yet.

CBS affiliate KFDM spoke with the teacher, who says she is a recent hire to the district and has been told she will find out if she gets to keep her job later this week.

Laura Jane Klug says she was subbing for a 5th grade teacher at Lumberton ISD last Thursday when she first found out there had been an issue with her being transgender.

Some concerned parents had come to KFDM, saying they were worried that their child had been supervised by a teacher who was transgender. They say they have no problem with the teacher herself, just that she might be confusing 11-year-olds regarding their own identities.

One parent whose son was in the class said he thinks the teacher would be fine filling in with older children, but not children who are so young.

"Within an hour of them being exposed or dealing with this, there's a few issues here. I think these kids are too young for this issue, so that's our main focus is, if it happens in older grades, high school, OK... but too young for this," says Roger Bread, a 5th grade dad.

Other parents say there is nothing complicated about explaining what a transgender person is. They say the teacher has never been an issue before and don't see why it is now.

"My son knows who he is and I don't think any outside influence is going to change that. I'm more concerned about straight predatory teachers, rather than I am [of] someone who lives an alternative, private, alternate lifestyle. I don't worry about my son," Jammie Marcantel, a 5th grade parent says.

The district says it cannot comment on the matter, but no one has been fired.

Klug says some people will gather at the school board meeting Thursday night at 7 to speak during a public forum. She says the board will then vote about the teacher's employment.

Texas state law does not protect employees based on their sexual orientation or identity.


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