Middle School Teacher Suspended For 15 Days Without Pay For Sexual Comments Made To Students
Kelly Hendrix, a science teacher at Southside Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida, believes she did nothing wrong by outing a girl and asking a boy if he is gay.
This Florida teacher doesn’t understand why she is being punished after allegedly asking her young students about their sexual orientation. She justified her personal questions to students by saying that she was trying to help students combat bullies.
There is a report from the school that indicates there are other allegations at work that crossed the line, but the teacher is disputing those as well.
Kelly Hendrix believes she has done nothing to deserve the suspension. She claims, “They didn’t have enough evidence to fire me.”
The Duval school investigation report outlines claims of inappropriate behavior toward students at Southside Middle School. One statement in the report claims that she called students derogatory and homophobic names and asked students about their sexuality.
She explained, “I called the boy outside and I said to the boy, ‘What’s going on?’ and he said, ‘Kids are calling me gay,’ and I looked at him and said, ‘Well are you gay?’” Hendrix said. “He said, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘Well why does that bother you?’ simply like that.” She disputed all other reports.
Hendrix had told one student’s father the girl was a lesbian, and police investigated but found the teacher had broken no laws.
She also insisted that she won’t resign, she believes the girl Hendrix told her father had complained about it in retaliation.