A Canadian high school has suggested it would be illegal to criticize and block a trans teacher from wearing huge breast forms in class.
Kayla Lemieux, a manufacturing technology teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, was recently photographed instructing a workshop class with the large prosthetics, which stretch her clothes and stick out in plain sight.
Despite the strong backlash and reports that some students are skipping class, the Halton District School Board defended the teacher and said he would no longer answer questions about the issue because it was a ” personnel matter”.
The district also claimed that interfering with or criticizing the teacher would violate Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
“The HDSB recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to fair treatment without discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under Ontario’s Human Rights Code,’ the council said in a statement.
Meanwhile, parents and high school students appeared divided on the issue.
Owen LaPlante, a Grade 12 student at the school, told the Toronto Sun that while some people support Lemieux, others aren’t comfortable with the situation.
“I agree with that,” he said. “I know some of my friends are a little uncomfortable with it, but I think she should be able to express herself however she wants.”
The Halton District School Board has suggested it would be a violation of Ontario’s Human Rights Code to criticize or prevent Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher Kayla Lemieux (above) from wearing huge breast forms
Lemieux was photographed and recorded by students wearing the large prostheses in class. The images have gone viral, with many criticizing the teacher’s attire
The prostheses were so big they stretched her clothes and stuck out prominently (right)
Year 10 student Yuxuan Xie told The Sun that most children at school seemed to have ignored the incident.
“I really don’t hear anyone talking about it,” he said. “I think maybe we don’t care about that.”
A woman identifying as Lei, mother of a school senior, told The Sun that while she was okay with Lemieux coming out as a trans woman, she said wearing prosthetics too big was too much.
“I think he’s going a bit too far,” Lei said. “I think identifying is fine, but I think just wearing that in class… I still have concerns about that.”
After the video was released over the weekend, the district had expected a wave of protesters to demonstrate in front of the high school.
Although police were posted around the school, only one protester came forward claiming to be a former student while waving the Canadian flag.
The protester, who did not give his name, told The Sun: ‘I think it is fundamentally wrong that this individual can work in an institution as such, with huge breasts.’ It’s disgusting.’
Parents and other concerned citizens are currently planning to confront the district at the next board meeting on Friday, Sept. 23 and demand something be done about Lemieux’s attire.
A lone protester waving a Canadian flag (above) showed up at school on Monday
Police were stationed at Oakville Trafalgar High School, about 10 miles from Toronto
HDSB President Margo Shuttleworth (above) has defended Lemieux as an ‘extremely effective teacher’
Lemieux, who began his transition from male to female a year ago, went viral online after students posted photos and videos of the teacher.
In its initial statement to parents defending the teacher, the school said, “As a Halton District School Board (HDSB) school, Oakville Trafalgar High School recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and members of the community to fair treatment without discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
‘We strive to promote a positive learning environment in schools in accordance with HDSB values and to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression. , sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, socioeconomic circumstances, or body type/size.
HDSB President Margo Shuttleworth told The Sun that staff are considering ‘creating a safety plan’ to keep the Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher safe as he prepares to leave. possible protests when the school opens on Monday.
“This teacher (who teaches the shop) is an extremely effective teacher,” Shuttleworth said. “All the kids really enjoy being in the classroom.”
Despite the praise for the teacher, Shuttleworth also admitted that she had received several calls from parents complaining about the situation.