A transgender teacher in Lumberton has been told not to return to the classroom after a flow of complaints from parents.
Laura Jane Klug (pictured above), formerly known as Kurt Klug, had been working as a substitute teacher at Lumberton Intermediate School. She has been suspended and the school board is deciding whether to let Klug go.
Roger Beard, whose son was in one of Klug’s classes, says “If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don’t feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there’s an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group.”
Barbara McIntosh Mcewin adds that “Klug’s class spent more time staring at him” than on their schoolwork “so he was pulled out for hall duty.”
Sheli Jones Wells has more concerns, noting that “I did have to explain to my daughter what transgender was last Thursday afternoon because it was her home room class he was in. I was none too happy to venture down that road with my 11 year old. Judge? No. But do I have reservations about WHY this person wants to be in our schools for $60 a day, you better believe it.”
Klug says “I have always conducted myself in a professional manner and would never discuss my gender identity in school.”
Activists immediately cried foul after the suspension. LGBT Activist Vilan Sells says “education is all about holding up a mirror to society showing children what real life is and a transgender individual is part of real life.”