The students of an Ontario high school were moved by their technology teacher teaching with gigantic breast prostheses. While the establishment defends the teacher and condemns a controversy “transphobic”parents of students demonstrate to demand his dismissal.
A few hundred parents of pupils, students and residents of Oakville, Canada, protested outside Trafalgar High School on Friday to demand that the institution fire a controversial transgender teacher. “Inclusiveness is no excuse for depravity», «Why defend a professor who degrades the image of women?“could we read in particular on the signs, filmed by the Canadian media True North. The previous week, high school students had shared images on social media of a tech teacher decked out in exuberant breast prostheses, following a summer gender transition. The teacher who was so far called by a male first name, let it be known at the start of the school year that he now identified himself as a woman. But that’s not what outraged the students: they mostly felt that their teacher’s physical appearance was indecent – so much so that some of them even refused to participate in class, as the tabloid reports. conservative New York Post .
Since then, the images of the teacher have been around the Internet and the controversy over his presence in class has gone far beyond the borders of this city of nearly 200,000 inhabitants, located in the Toronto region. The excitement of the students was particularly echoed on Fox News, where the host Tucker Carlson took a stand in favor of the dismissal of the teacher. But the American channel gave the professor a bad name, confusing him with another employee of the Halton District School Board, the rectorate to which Oakville Trafalgar High School is attached. The latter then published a terse press release to rectify the information, without however revealing the name of the professor implicated in the photos and videos that have gone viral.
Interviewed by the newspaper Toronto Sun the president of the rectorate then firmly defended the implicated teacher and judged that it was a controversy “transphobic”. HASaffirming that the educational institutionstands behindshe also pointed out that the teacher, according to her, was “fully acceptedwithin the student community. “Protecting the rights of transgender people is our priority“Said Margo Shuttleworth, adding that the teacher in question is appreciated for his pedagogical qualities, and has never been the subject of complaints so far.
She adds, however, that Trafalgar High School has since received many calls from parents exasperated by the presence of a teacher “depravedamong the teaching staff, and confirms that measures have been taken to ensure their safety, particularly in anticipation of the demonstrations outside the school gates. However, she did not comment on the reactions of those, among the students, who entrusted their “faintnessin full view of the teacher, nor on the safety problems that such a large chest can create when handling the machines in the technology room where the teacher is teaching.
For the time being, the affair continues to heat the spirits in Canada, where the question of the rights of gender minorities is taken very seriously. Like every year, Trafalgar High School took an active part in Pride Month last June, and actively campaigned, through events to which students were invited, for more recognition for the rights of transgender people.
For his part, an editorial writer from the Toronto SunAnthony Fury, commented on the affair as follows:This story didn’t go viral because the teacher identifies as trans; she went viral because everyone thinks her appearance is inappropriate in a classroom, but no one dares to say so“.