Lesbian Teacher Fights for Her Job Back
When Julia Frost applied for a teaching position with the Hesperia Unified School District, she figured it would be a perfect place to work.
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#1 May 1, 2014
When Julia Frost applied for a teaching position with the Hesperia Unified School District, she figured it would be a perfect place to work. The districts Sultana High School was only 25 miles from her home in Wrightwood, nestled in southern Californias San Gabriel Mountains.
"It was close to home and I was familiar with the area," said Frost. "I had no idea of the problems at the school."
Her first inkling after being hired to teach English in August 2011 came when Frost revealed she had a female partner to a co-worker and within days was called to the principals office for a meeting.
"He couldnt say the word partner. He stuttered through it," Frost, 42, recalled during an interview last week with the Bay Area Reporter. "It was really, really uncomfortable and degrading."
Asked by a straight co-worker to help advise the schools gay-straight alliance, Frost was soon being approached by students who complained of being bullied and harassed by other teachers and school administrators. Their complaints included teachers using "thats so gay" in class and harassing a lesbian gender-nonconforming student elected homecoming queen.
When they tried to file official complaints about the abusive behavior, the students were rebuffed, they said, by school administrators and sought Frosts assistance. She in turn reached out to the teachers union and met with school officials in the fall of 2012 to discuss the matter and what steps needed to be taken to protect LGBT students as required under California law.
"My legal responsibility was to provide them a classroom free of harassment and to intervene because of Seths Law in incidents of harassment or bullying," said Frost, who was in San Francisco to address attendees at an April 25 fundraiser for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Yet the anti-gay comments and policies at Sultana High persisted, according to Frost, who continued to assist students efforts to file complaints about the homophobic behaviors. In return, school administrators accused her of "teaching homosexuality," said Frost.
From what is written it's pretty clear she was let go because she was a lesbian.
I have to hand it to the district spokesman for trying to spin this into them being the victim.
"Sadly, her efforts serve only to fuel the argument that public education cannot dismiss teachers who do not meet district expectations without controversy and, potentially costly, legal battles."
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