Utah Teacher on Leave Over Viral Video Revealing Her “Queer” Conversations With 4th Graders

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A Utah charter school teacher has been placed on leave after filming a video of herself discussing “queer” conversations she had with fourth graders.

“My kids from last year are now in fifth grade and they come to visit me almost every day after school,” Hall said in the video, as The Epoch Times reported. “And a lot of them are queer, because I am queer, and they figured it out, so I’ve become their safe space.”

Hall is a teacher at Renaissance Academy in Lehi, which is a suburb of Salt Lake City.

She explained that the students were playing the game “Guess Who” but “not in a normal way.”

“They use things like ‘this person looks like a lesbian baddie who is going to come over make you dinner,’” Hall explained, holding up a picture of one of the cards. “Which character looks gay? Well, meet Mike.”

She delightedly explained that her students were “figuring out who they are” and being “happy with who they are.”

“I could never imagine being in fifth grade saying these things out loud. I grew up super religious where nothing was okay, and so seeing this happen, I’m like, ‘Aah!’ but I’m also like, ‘Yay!’”

While it apparently didn’t occur to Hall at the time she posted her video that the school or parents might be concerned with her intimate talks with elementary schoolers regarding their own professed sexual identity, she has since been placed on leave and the school has condemned her “unprofessional” behavior.

“Our teachers are expected to comport themselves with the highest degree of professionalism,” Mark Ursic, the school’s executive director, said in a statement as the Times reported.

Hall, the statement read, had been placed on leave for “several inappropriate conversations with former students.”

“Behavior that is unprofessional, in violation of state code, or that violates the trust placed in us by the families of Renaissance Academy will not be tolerated,” the statement read.

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