School Teacher Has Sex-Change Operation; Parents Outraged They Weren’t Told, Some Pull Students From Class

October 16, 2008 at 2:45 am Leave a comment

foxboro-elem.jpgAn elementary school teacher who had a sex-change operation has sparked ire among some parents who are demanding to know why no one told them in advance about the gender switch.

A music teacher at Foxboro Elementary School in Vacaville, Calif., was previously a woman, according to KCRA.com. But she returned as a man at the beginning of the new school year in September.

Some parents were outraged, saying they felt it was their right to know.

“All the information came straight from our kids and didn’t come from the school board or the teachers,” parent Melissa Oiland told KCRA. “This has all been second-hand information.”

But Travis Unified School District says it was legally obligated to protect the unidentified transgender teacher’s privacy under the HIPAA law.

“I understand what parents are saying, but … we have a legal obligation as an employer to protect our employees,” said Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak.

Gavlak said the district consulted with lawyers and determined that legally, it could not disclose any information about the teacher’s gender change.

“We will not be discussing personal matters with either the students, or the parents or the community at large … because we cannot,” Gavlak said.

Parent Angela Weinzinger, who has three children at the school, said she has since transferred her children out of the class.

“I wasn’t given the opportunity to make a choice on what I wanted to do with the situation,” Weinzinger said.

So far, 23 students from 15 different families have transferred their children out of the music class and into a physical education class.

Source: FOX/KCRA3

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