Florida Teacher Claims To Have Been Dismissed for Violating ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law – Even Though It Isn’t in Effect Yet?

Toby Hazlewood

The school claim she strayed from the curriculum

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It was reported on May 4 that a middle school teacher in Florida claims she was dismissed from her job because of the so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last month.

This, in spite of the fact that the law doesn't come into effect until July 1 and applies to grades K through 3, not in middle school. Her employer, Trafalgar Middle School near Tampa claim she was dismissed due to her straying from the approved curriculum.

Changing what's taught in Florida's schools

The parental rights in education bill (as it's correctly known) is one of a number of bills signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, that affect what Floridian kids will be taught in school going forwards. The bill restricts discussions of sexuality in grades K through 3.

Together with bill HB7 - the 'Stop WOKE act' schools are being guided to remove certain topics and subjects from their curriculum, but these don't come into law until July 1.

As such, it seems odd that Casey Scott - the art teacher from near Tampa - is claiming she was dismissed due to the new law. The school have claimed that she strayed from the curriculum and that they have received some complaints from parents of kids in her class.

What happened?

According to her account, Ms. Scott's class were making flags representing themselves. and it would appear that some had painted rainbow flags associated with the LGBTQIA+ movement.

She responded to a question from one of her pupils as to her own sexuality and replied that she's pansexual - attracted to people of both genders. She is married to a man.

Her father, Billy Waddell has since taken to Facebook to defend his daughter:

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According to his account, her firing is an abuse of power by the school.

Whether the firing of Ms. Scott will stand, remains to be seen. What seems clear is that there is a debate to be had over whether it has been justified under the provisions of the "Don't Say Gay" bill or not.

Do you think it's appropriate for discussions of a teacher's sexuality to be held in a classroom, regardless of the law? Do you believe this is an abuse of power by the school board? Let me know in the comments section below.

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