Last week, a picture shared to social media of a trans woman teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School erupted into an international controversy. The showed the teacher in question wearing overly large prosthetic breasts covered with a tight sweater, with the outline of the prosthesis nipples visible.
Needless to say this attracted a lot of attention to the school and the school board. While the Halton District School Board rushed to contain the public relations story, elements on the far right were already mobilizing to use the issue as a new front in their culture war. On Friday afternoon, Freedom Convoy members along with other protestors gathered outside the school’s exits to demonstrate. Covering that demonstration was Caryma Sa’d.
You are no doubt aware of Caryma’s work on covering the Freedom Convoy. Well today she joins Joel and Roland to share what she saw and why this high school attracted so much attention.
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Schools exist to serve their students, not the teachers. Teachers of every identity; Straight, Lesbian, Gay, 2 Spirited, Transgendered or simply different, must be free and empowered to serve those students. When teachers’ actions, behaviours or personal wishes distract or detract from serving those students, the teachers put themselves on the wrong side of the education equation.
The questionable behaviour and motives of the freedom convoyers does not make the teacher’s actions in class any more acceptable. She needs to learn, It’s about the kids, not you.
Jim Young .
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