A Cape Coral, FL teacher, Casey Scott, says she was fired from Trafalgar Middle School for discussing her sexuality with her art students.
Scott said the class was curious about her sexual orientation, which led her to explain that she was pansexual, NBC2 reports.
“A discussion happened in class and because of that, now I’m fired,” Scott said.
The Lee County School District shared Scott was fired for not following the mandated school curriculum and nothing more.
Scott elaborated on the definition of Pansexuality with her middle school students and how the term refers to someone who is attracted to a wide variety of people regardless of their sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Scott is married to a man but has no preferences.
“I like anyone despite male, female, non-binary, transgender,” Scott said.
Scott said after the conversation, the students drew paper flags representing what they feel is their sexuality and gender identities. Some of the children identified as non-binary, bisexual and gay.
Pleased with their artwork, Scott paraded the flags onto her classroom door before administrators notified her to remove them.
“They said it would be in the best interest if I got rid of them now,” Scott said. “I went over to the recycling bin. I grabbed all their flags and all the kids were staring at me. And I crumbled their flags in front of them.”
Scott was sent home and then released from her nonunion contract.
Parents wrote several disproved complaints about Scott’s teaching methods to the school’s district, explaining that while some students were familiar with the term ‘pansexual,’ others were left confused.
The district also released handwritten notices from some of Scott’s students explaining they were allowed to create any type of flag they wanted, even banners that expressed who they are in terms of personality.
Kevin Daly, a member of the Teachers Union of Lee County, said due to Scott not being covered by the union, she could legally face termination.
“During that probationary period, they can let you go without cause,” Daly said.
Crystal Czyscon is an LGBTQ advocate concerned about the mental health of the transgender and nonbinary students in Mrs. Scott’s classes who may have felt represented during the lesson.
“I would like to see a statement from the school board recognizing they have to have a mental health counselor come in and speak with the children impacted by their actions toward this teacher,” Czyscon told NBC2.
The School District officials have not made further comments.