Teacher suspended after teaching children about LGBT issues

Teacher suspended after teaching children about LGBT issues

A teacher has been suspended for LGBT lessons (Stock image)

Monday, November 6, 2017

A teacher has been suspended after teaching pupils about LGBT issues in New York following complaints from parents.

Jacqueline Hall had invited a guest speaker to Cambridge Central High School to discuss issues around being LGBT, according to Pink News.

The school also cancelled another day of lessons by the Pride Centre of the Capital Region around similar issues.

Parents have complained about pupils being given information to take home about sexual orientation and gender identity.

A booklet about same-sex relationships given to children of 11 was also criticised by parents.

One parent slammed the booklet as "state-funded porn" on Facebook and suggested some matters should be taught to children by parents and not in health lessons.

Sirell Fiel also said: “Genital reconstruction surgery! Is that really something an eleven-year-old kid should be learning and knowing about? Nah. I don’t think so.”

He added “they are literally taking the innocence out of our children every day with this BS" and suggested parents should have been informed about the material before it was handed out.

Superintendent of the school Vince Canini told the Post Star "the parents have concerns, and they are mine as well" adding that he thinks some information in the material is “inappropriate.”

He also said it was “standard procedure” to suspend Hall as there were no previous issues with her work, but announced the policy of the school will be changed.

The Pride Centre of the Capital Region claims its training and education about LGBTQA  is "an essential component in creative safer schools and community spaces."