- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A teacher in Texas was suspended after she allegedly refused to stop talking about sexual orientation with elementary-aged children.

Stacy Bailey, 31, an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, has been suspended without pay since September, district officials told the Dallas Morning News.

The school said it received several complaints from parents about Ms. Bailey’s classroom behavior.

When officials met with the teacher to address the matter, she allegedly insisted “that it is her right and that it is age appropriate for her to have ongoing discussions with elementary-aged students about her own sexual orientation, the sexual orientation of artists, and their relationships with other gay artists.”

The district said Ms. Bailey “refused to follow” directions “regarding age-appropriate conversations with students.”

The district said parents “have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc.”

Giana Ortiz, an attorney who represents Ms. Bailey, pushed back on the district’s characterization of the incident.

“For Stacy, this entire ordeal began when she spoke with the students about her family which, for Stacy, included her wife,” Ms. Ortiz told the Dallas Morning News. “The District appears to speak for Stacy when it states that she ‘insists it is her right and that it is age appropriate’ to discuss matters including ongoing discussions about her own sexuality. This is absolutely false. Further, she never received directives to change her behavior — and never refused to follow any directive.”

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