Legal action is being attacked by parents of students at a Canadian high school to stop a transgender shop teacher from continuing to appear in class while wearing size Z prosthetic breasts.
In a recent legal letter to the Halton District School Board in Ontario, lawyer Rishi Bandhu, who has a child enrolled at Oakville Trafalgar High School and also represents three other parents, issued the warning.
By wearing clothing that was a “obvious” violation of the district dress code, the letter demanded that shop teacher Kayla Lemieux be held to the same standards as the district’s students.
It comes after reports that students were threatened with suspension if they took photos of the contentious teacher and that a protester who misrepresented Lemieux at a school board meeting was permanently banned for life from district property.
According to Bandhu, because human rights are complex by their very nature, the school board must strike a very delicate balance of interests when weighing Lemieux’s rights versus the concerns of the parents. They fail to recognize the significance of context when discussing gender expression and other aspects of human rights.
Additionally, Bandhu stated this is a school were children or adolescents’ maturity is still developing.
Lemieux’s termination as a teacher was signed by 16,000 persons but the district disagreed with the decision.
Heather Francey, a spokeswoman for the school board, affirms that the district is unable to comment on Human Resources-related issues. The “Responsible Use Procedures for Information and Communications Technology” policy of the district must be followed, she continued.