Kids and parents at Yosemite High School in California may have a bit of surprise on their hands as teacher Gary Sconce has said that he will return from spring break as his “true self,” a woman named Karen Adell Scot.
Sconce, 56, is a father and husband and has been teaching for 24 years. He has undergone hormone replacement therapy and has announced that his transformation will be complete when school resumes following spring break.
“When you aren’t who you really are, it’s like being smothered. It’s like being rolled in a wave, if you’ve ever been rolled in a wave in the ocean where you can’t find your way up, you don’t know which direction you’ve been turned.” Sconce said.
Superintendent James Sargent sent a letter to the parents of all 650 students at Yosemite, saying “We are committed to facilitating this in a sensitive way to all concerned.”
As one can imagine, the news caused a lot of strong reactions. In a letter to a local newspaper, Yosemite resident Kathi Bales wrote “I see this as an assault on the minds and morals of our children. It blurs the lines of what is right and wrong.”
Another resident, Natalie Choin, disagreed, saying “Some parents are pulling their kids out of classes and things like that, and some of the staff is uncomfortable, which I don’t understand because if you work with someone that long, they’re not a different person, they’re the same person just a different gender now.”
Others were caught inbetween, like Jeffery Turro who says “My feeling is if they come out and bring a community engagement and bring out community kids to discuss it, maybe bring out psychologists to discuss the changes you go through and why someone goes through that, it might be easier on the community up here.”
Meanwhile, Sconce, who now wants to be referred to as Scot, said that he doesn’t intend to “push any social agenda” and will keep on running “a conservative and disciplined class.”
(Image courtesy of The Fresno Bee)