High school defends transgender teacher who wore giant prosthetic breasts to class under tight t-shirt
- Kayla Lemieux, a teacher in Ontario, Canada, started her transition a year ago
- The school has defended them, saying they want the site to be safe for everyone
- The manufacturing engineering teacher went viral on social media this week
A Canadian high school teacher has sparked controversy after pictures surfaced of her wearing large prosthetic breasts while teaching students.
Kayla Lemieux, a manufacturing engineering teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, was pictured taking online classes while wearing the giant prosthetics, which stretch her clothes and protrude prominently.
Ms Lemieux, who began the transition from male to female a year ago, has gone viral online after students snapped photos and videos of the teacher seemingly unbeknownst to her.
In response, the high school has doubled down in defending its staff by writing to parents explaining why they support Ms Lemieux’s gender expression, Reduxx reports.
The school is said to expect protests when it opens on Monday as the photos went viral.
In a statement to parents, the school said: “As a school within the Halton District School Board (HDSB), Oakville Trafalgar High School recognizes the right of students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to equal treatment without discrimination based on gender, identity and.” gender expression.
“We strive to foster a positive learning environment in schools that conforms to the values of the HDSB and to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all students, staff and the community, regardless of race, age, ability, gender, gender identity and gender expression , sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural customs, socioeconomic circumstances, or body type/size.”
Kayla Lemieux is a Manufacturing Engineering Instructor at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario
During a lesson, Ms Lemieux was filmed operating machinery while wearing her large prosthesis
She wore a top and shorts while teaching a “shop” class to high school students
Pictures of her surfaced online, believed to have been taken by students while she was teaching them
Students took pictures of the teacher on their phones and shared the images, with many saying online that Ms Lemieux’s prosthetic limbs were not suitable for a school
The high school issued that statement to parents, website Reduxx reported
Although some on social media supported the alternative body shape created by Ms Lemieux, many disagreed that it was appropriate in a school setting.
One user described her prosthetics online as “hilarious”.
They wrote, “I’m sorry but this is hilarious and nothing you can say will change my mind.”
But several others said the depiction of femininity was “misogynistic.”
Another wondered if prosthetics meant she had “the largest bust in Canada.”
The school advised parents that it is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code, which protects gender identity and expression as human rights.
HDSB Chair Margo Shuttleworth told the Toronto Sun that staff are considering “creating a safety plan” to ensure the safety of the Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher while preparing for possible protests if the school closes Monday for the lesson is opened.
“This teacher (who teaches the store) is an extremely effective teacher,” Shuttleworth said. “All the kids really love being in class.”
The school expects protests and anti-protests when the school opens tomorrow.
MailOnline has reached out to Oakville Trafalgar High School for comment.