Stacy Bailey is an art teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, part of the Mansfield Independent School District (MISD) in Arlington, Texas. In September, Bailey, 31, was suspended with pay because the school received at least one complaint from a parent about the teacher's openness regarding her sexual orientation with her students. Since then, Stacy's family, a group of parents of children who attend the school, and even some of her students, have been calling for her reinstatement.
On Tuesday, MISD released a written statement regarding the suspension. Among other things, the letter stated that, "...parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc.”
However, taking all the details of the convoluted story into account (be sure to read through everything in the link below), it is unclear that Bailey did anything more than share that she has a girlfriend with her students, and show them some family photos that included her girlfriend. Bailey had requested that the school include LGBTQ language in their non-discrimination policy, though the school district claims this had nothing to do with her suspension.
A statement from Bailey's lawyer contends much of what MISD is putting forth.
Here's a link to a comprehensive article on the story:
Here is an image of August text messages between Charlotte Anderson principal Sheira Petty and a staffer identified only as “Donna.” They show the level of concern the school had over what amounts to Bailey merely being transparent regarding her sexual orientation and not hiding who she is.
Here it is:
Many Twitterers were outraged:
Fairly certain that the heterosexual teachers don’t hide that info from their students. Seems like they discriminated against her. Hence, why she asked to have the policy changed— shane 🏳️🌈 (@shanecenters) March 28, 2018
What's the big deal? Teachers talk about their families to kids as I remember. If she talked indepth about homosexuality that's different.— Gregg Dragon (@GreggDragon1) March 28, 2018
Scary/sad fact is that LGBTQ community members still have no constitutional protection from being fired due to sexuality. STILL in 2018. Leaving innocent ppl vulnerable to losing their careers because of who they are. This is a civil rights issue 💔— Gabrielle (@g_money1216) March 28, 2018
That's because Texas is a red State. And if you want to have different values you better have Deep Pockets to back it up. Otherwise you're going to be a little guy fighting the big guy and I wish her the best of luck.— Kallie (@EmpressKallie) March 9, 2018
Though there were also a fair amount of commenters in support of the teacher's suspension:
good, school isn't the place for that, at least not in a public classroom. maybe a counselor or someone like that to disguss with a student but not a teacher in a public classroom no definitely not— KaReN🗯️ (@mamas_avon) March 28, 2018
Not her right to discuss her personal life with our children. Stop poisoning our youth. Stick to the curriculum.— Joe American (@JoeAmerican0515) March 28, 2018
Here's where some clarification as to what extend Bailey "discussed" sexual orientation versus merely being honest about who she is would be helpful:
Good. These kids are far too young to be taught this kind of stuff. They're in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Kids aren't taught Sex Ed until at least 8th grade.— Kernel_Coconuts (@KernelCoconuts) March 28, 2018
It's not sex ed. It's saying "I'm married." My straight teachers told me that in elementary school and none of them pulled out anatomical drawings.— Matthew Palumbo, MBA (@MattGPalumbo) March 28, 2018
But this person really cut to the heart of the matter:
Thing is kids don't see an issue. It's the adults that feel odd about it. Kids just know of love between 2 humans.— Blah (@here2ccomments) March 28, 2018
Charlotte Anderson third-grader, Kain Hendrix, age 9, certainly seems to agree:
Ms. Bailey was my teacher, my role model and someone who always cheered me up. Every time I go to art it is not the same.