Art Teacher Allegedly Fired for Teaching Students About ‘Pansexuality’

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 5, 2022 Updated 12:45 PM ET

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May 5, 2022 Updated 12:43 P.M. ET

CAPE CORAL (FLV) – A Florida middle school art teacher said she was fired for discussing sexuality, including sharing her own sexual identity with students, in an interview with NBC2.

The Lee County School District tells the outlet the teacher was fired for not following the mandated curriculum. The Lee County School District said it received complaints from parents concerned about the artwork and class discussion.

“A discussion happened in class and because of that, now I’m fired,” said former Cape Coral art teacher Scott to the news outlet. 

Scott said some students shared they are non-binary or gay with her in class. They then asked about Scott who revealed she was pansexual. Pansexual refers to someone who is attracted to categories of people no matter their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. 

Those students proceeded to draw flags expressing their own sexual identities. Scott hung them up on the door and school personnel later contacted her. 

“They said it would be in the best interest if I got rid of them now,” Scott said to the news outlet.

Scott said she crumpled up the flag artwork and threw them in the recycling container in front of the students.

The district later fired Scott from Trafalgar Middle School. She said her firing came days before Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Law

The law prohibits the teaching of gender and sexual orientation related materials in grades K-3. It also provides parents more access to information to their children’s personal education experience and prevent children from Pre-K through 3rd grade from being taught about gender and sexual identity.

The law has been wrongly labeled as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by leftwing activists. 

Governor DeSantis has continuously said schools should not teach gender orientation related materials. 

DeSantis emphasized that “we should be focusing on reading, we should be focusing on writing, we should be focusing on science and math and the key things that are gonna be able to lift these kids up.” 

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