A Canadian school board says it is “standing behind” a Canadian high school teacher who was captured on video wearing cartoonishly large prosthetic breasts to teach class despite the outrage the images shared to social media have sparked.
The teacher has been identified as going by the name of Kayla Lemieux by the website Reduxx and confirmed by The Sun to be a transgender teacher who presented as a man and was known to students by a male name last year.
In the video and photo shared to social media, the Oakville Trafalgar High School (OTHS) shop teacher can be seen wearing shorts and a tight shirt over the unrealistically large prosthetic bosom.
Viral images of a trans teacher wearing oversized breasts that sag to the waist have been investigated by @ReduxxMag. The tech teacher is “Kayla Lemieux,” of Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, Canada. The school stands by its teacher. https://t.co/jtBWfpIhyN
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The images quickly went viral as social media users expressed incredulity that a teacher would show up in a classroom appearing in such a manner, which as some noted included behavior that appeared to be dangerous around the shop equipment.
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The Halton District School Board (HDSB) told The Epoch Times that it supports the teacher.
“We are standing behind this member of staff, as prescribed by the Ontario Charter of Human Rights,” the board’s chair, Margo Shuttleworth, told the outlet.
Shuttleworth declined to contribute any further comment, however, citing the matter as a “staffing issue.”
According to Reduxx, the school district sent out a statement to parents and students affirming that it “recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to equitable treatment without discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression” and is committed to providing an environment of “positive learning.”
When OTHS did not reply to the Times’ request for comment, the HDSB replied in a follow-up email that it is “committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, caring, inclusive, equitable and welcoming learning and working environment for all students and staff.”
“The HDSB recognizes the rights of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to equitable treatment without discrimination based upon gender identity and gender expression. Gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code,” it stated.
The teachers’ bizarre appearance, however, would appear to run afoul of the HDSB dress code standards for students, which informs OTHS’ rules and outlines that school dress codes “must prevent students from wearing clothing that exposes or makes visible genitals and nipples.”
There is no specified dress standard for staff, however.
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