A Canadian high school has said it would be illegal to criticize and stop a trans teacher from wearing huge prosthetic breasts in class.
Kayla Lemieux, a Manufacturing Technology teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, was recently pictured instructing a shop class with the large prosthetics on, which stretch her clothing and stick out prominently.
Despite the heavy backlash and reports that some students are skipping class, The Halton District School Board defended the teacher and said it would no longer answer questions about the issue because it was a 'personnel matter.'
The district also claimed that interfering or criticizing the teacher would go against the Ontario Human Rights Code.
'The HDSB recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to equitable treatment without discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression. Gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code,' the board said in a statement.
Meanwhile, parents and students at the high school appeared split on the issue.
Owen LaPlante, a 12th grader at the school, told the Toronto Sun that while some people support Lemieux, others are not comfortable with the situation.
'I'm okay with it,' 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 to.'
Yuxuan Xie, a student in grade 10, told the Sun that most of the kids in school seem to have brushed the incident off.
'I don't really hear anyone talking about it,' he said. 'I think, maybe, we don't care about that.'
A woman identifying herself as Lei, a mother of a senior at the school, told the Sun that while she was ok with Lemieux coming out as a trans woman, she said wearing such large prosthetics was too much.
'I think he's going a little too far,' Lei said. 'I think identifying himself is ok, but I think that just wearing that in the classroom... I still have concerns over that.'
After the video came out over the weekend, the district had expected a wave of protestors to come demonstrate outside the high school.... (Read more)
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