After a parent complained, a teacher at St. John’s Toky Creek High School was asked to remove a T-shirt that read “Protect Children’s Trans,” according to school district spokeswoman Christina H. Aparch.
The teacher wore the shirt to school on Tuesday, and a parent sent a photo to principal Jay Wilts “expressing concern,” according to Upchurch.
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Wilts “immediately” talked to the teacher about it and provided another shirt, and the teacher changed shirts, according to Upchurch. No disciplinary action was taken.
Aparch provided some of St. John’s County School Rules to employees. While on duty, at school or in the district area, employees are not allowed to wear buttons or clothing “that display a written message of any kind, other than names, logos and passwords associated with a district school, district or school or district. Related organizations, events or activities.
“Employees will not wear clothing with a political logo (elephant, donkey, etc.). However, employees will have the right to participate in political activities in their personal position when they are not assigned to the position and are not on district property or at an event or school-sponsored activity.”
The teacher was not disciplined because of the Protect Children trans shirt
The teacher was not available for comment, according to Upchurch. The record does not give the name of the teacher because no disciplinary action is taken.
On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron de Santis signed new restrictions on discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in Florida schools, which were ridiculed by opponents of the “Do Not Say Gay” law.
The measure drew criticism from the LGBT community nationwide, Hollywood and the White House, and even drew school leavers across the country from students concerned about its potential impact.
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The legislation was ridiculed by hosts Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall during their opening remarks at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
But Desentis defended the ban Monday as helping parents control their children’s education. The legislation is officially called parental rights in education.
“We will make sure parents can send their children to school to get an education, not indoctrination,” Desentis said at the signing of the legislation at the classical preparatory school, where several parents and students and Education Commissioner Richard Corcorn joined him.
Thursday was International Transgender International Visibility Day. Similar to the annual Transgender Awareness Week, today is designed to promote the visibility of transgender people and highlight issues facing the community. Trance attorney Rachel Crandel created the day in 2010 when she saw media stories about the community focusing on violence and wanted to move the conversation to the celebration of their lives, according to GLAAD.
David Oliver of USA Today and John F. Kennedy of the Capital Bureau USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA contributed to this report.