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A student teacher from Wilmington College was fired from his placement at Hillsboro High School, in January 2012. In th reasoning for termination, the Hillsboro school district superintendent based the dismissal on an alleged violation of the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for district teachers.
The 21-year-old student teacher, who at birth was listed as female but who identifies as male and wears men’s clothing, was removed from a Hillsboro High School art classroom and told his placement was over. This unlawful termination was after the teacher decided to dispel rumours on the first day of class and offer his students the ability to ask questions about, what in essence, is a birth defect.
Hillsboro City School Superintendent Rick Earley said, “We expect all employees or anyone who comes into our district to be sure to understand the Ohio Code of Ethics for Ohio Educators. Any violation of that we take seriously because we want to protect the well-being of our students and that we protect the educational integrity of Hillsboro City Schools.”
So what was this egregious violation of ethics, you ask..
On the first day of class, when some students made he-she comments, the now fired teacher said “I would much rather say it very openly and honestly and ask if they have questions, comments or concerns, than for it to get around and be misconstrued and be like the game telephone, where things aren’t passed around accurately,” he said.
In a day when it seems harder to find dedicated and caring teachers, it is sad to see such a blatant disregard for equality laws. Michele Beery, WC associate professor of education and area coordinator for the Education Department, said the student-teacher is dedicated and “and has worked hard to meet the criteria for student teaching.”