Florida middle school teacher is fired after telling students she is pansexual and getting them to draw the gay pride flag
- Casey Scott was fired from Trafalgar Middle School in Cape Coral, Florida, following an art class
- She said that she lost her job because students asked her about her sexuality, and she replied that she was pansexual
- Students were drawing flags to represent themselves, and some drew gay and transgender flags
- The school board said that Scott was fired because she strayed from the curriculum
A Florida middle school teacher has been fired after a discussion with her students, in which she revealed she was ‘pansexual’.
Casey Scott encouraged her art students to express themselves through flags, with some drawing the rainbow gay pride flag and others choosing the light blue, pink and white stripes of the transgender flag.
Scott said that she was fired from Trafalgar Middle School in Cape Coral, 100 miles south of Tampa, for the ensuing discussion.
The school, however, say it was because she strayed from the curriculum.
The firing comes at a time of intense debate in Florida, following Governor Ron DeSantis’s signing on March 28 of the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which bans discussion of sexuality or gender identity in K-3 classrooms. After third grade, by law the conversations ‘need to be age-appropriate.’
Joe Biden described the bill as ‘hateful’, and activists said it was damaging to young people’s mental health.
Scott said that she lost her job because of a discussion on sexuality, despite the fact that the law does not come into effect until July 1.
‘A discussion happened in class and because of that, now I’m fired,’ Scott insisted.
Casey Scott told NBC2 News that she was fired from her teaching job because she discussed her own sexuality in class
Scott is pictured with her husband Nick Scott on their wedding day in January 2021
She told NBC2 News that her students asked about her, and Scott – who married her husband Nick in January 2021 – said she described herself as pansexual.
‘I like anyone despite male, female, non-binary, transgender,’ Scott said.
Following the class, she hung the pictures her students had drawn on her classroom door, but she said school administrators told her to take them down.
‘They said it would be in the best interest if I got rid of them now,’ she said.
‘I went over to the recycling bin. I grabbed all their flags and all the kids were staring at me.
‘And I crumbled their flags in front of them,’ she explained.
Scott showed off a photo she took of the crumpled designs in the recycling bin in her classroom
She said the flags were a way for her students to express themselves
She was sent home, and then received a call from school administrators who informed her that she was being released from her contract.
Lee School District said they had received complaints from parents who were concerned about the conversation and the artwork.
Scott’s father, Billy Waddell, said they were taking legal advice, and accused the school board of lying about the reasons for her dismissal.
‘My Daughter, Mrs. Casey Scott never had OPEN discussions with Students about sexual orientation!’ he wrote on Facebook.
‘A student asked Her a question and She answered it without thinking of how it may be used against Her by Her own Administration.
‘She never purposely told them Her orientation to make them feel anything? She simply answered a question.’
He added: ‘the Artwork the students made was SideArt only permitted AFTER the Florida mandated curriculum assignment had been completed!
‘So again, the Lee County School Board is TOTALLY LYING !!!’
He said the school displayed posters proclaiming that everyone in the school was ‘open, accepted and safe’.
‘This is a DOUBLE STANDARD,’ he said.