Teachers Fired for Not Addressing Transgender Pupil "Correctly"

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Christian Teachers Stand Up to Transgender Agenda

CBS Houston Reports

According to a 13 November 2015 article in CBS Houston, two Katy daycare teachers are fighting back:

KPRC-TV reports manager Madeline Kirksey, a Christian author, and Akesha Wyatt were fired from Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy because they would not recognize a 6-year-old transgender boy.

“This case involves a little 6-year-old girl who has been attending a private school in Katy, Texas, for the last four months as a little girl. She has parents who are a same-sex couple, two men, who decided she was transgender,” lawyer Andy Taylor said, according to KPRC. “On Friday, that little girl left school. I’m not going to use names, but (she was) known to everybody as ‘Sally,’ and on Monday, this little girl returns to school calling herself ‘Johnny.’”

According to the terminated workers, the transgender boy returned to school with short hair as the parents demanded the school call him by his new name. Kirksey said she couldn’t call the transgender boy by his new name because of her religious beliefs. She also felt she needed to protect him from potential bullying and help the other children in the daycare deal with a transgender child.

“The folks who are on the front line – the administrators, the bus driver, the teachers – they had a real issue on their hands. Transgenderism is a major and controversial issue for anyone, even adults. This is a little, innocent, 6-year-old child,” Taylor told KPRC.

CBN Reports

In a 12 November 2015 article, the Christian Broadcast Network reports:

A former Texas educator filed a federal discrimination complaint against a learning center in Katy, Texas, after being fired for refusing to address a 6-year-old girl as a transgender boy.

Madeline Kirksey, a former manager of the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center, was fired on November 3. According to a copy of the complaint, Kirksey refused to treat the child as male and call the child by a male name.

Kirksey told ABC News that the parents cut the child’s hair, changed the child’s name and asked the school to respect their decision.

Kirksey says she was unable to give her approval to the change in gender identity because of her religious beliefs and was promptly fired.

“At her age she was indecisive,” Kirksey recalled the child’s behavior. “Some days she wanted to be a girl; some days she wanted to be a boy. It was according to what situation she got in that day.”

Kirksey and her former co-worker Akesha Wyatt have taken legal action against the school.

“Madeline has paid the price for standing her ground in defense of all her children at Children’s Lighthouse,” her attorney, Andy Taylor, said in a statement. “This has gotten out of control and now this dedicated experienced child care worker has been wrongfully terminated. That will not stand.”

James Izaks, a spokesman at the corporate headquarters of the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers, would not comment on the case out of concern for the student’s privacy.

However, he said the company cares about the welfare of its students and did not discriminate against the teachers.

He also said he believes the case is part of a bigger national agenda on transgender rights.

“It seems to be that this individual has an agenda that goes beyond her students best interest and beyond her termination,” Izaks said.

 OneNewsNow Report

Also reported in a 12 November 2015 article in OneNewsNow.com, two daycare workers from Katy, Texas, who were fired are taking their cases to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt ran afoul of owners of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center when they refused the demand from the daycare center and a child’s parents that they refer to a six-year-old girl as a boy. Both were fired, and Houston attorney Andy Taylor is representing them. KPRC television also was present at a press conference on the issue.

“On a Friday, that little girl left school,” Taylor says. “I’m not going to use real names, but let’s say she was known to everybody as ‘Sally.’ Well, on Monday this little girl returned to school calling herself ‘Johnny.’”

On another day the little girl yelled that she was a girl when students tried to address her as Johnny, indicating the possible gender confusion that many children experience. The parents were irate that staff had objections to referring to the girl as a male.

The manager, Madeline Kirksey, couldn’t bring herself to comply because of her religious views and out of consideration of the best interests for the girl.

“I felt it was my obligation, after 26 years doing this, that I had to stand up for this child and protect her at all costs,” she says. “And if it took my job, I was fine with that.”

Andy Taylor is the same attorney who successfully fought all the way to the Texas Supreme Court to give voters the right to vote to overturn Houston’s transgender “bathroom ordinance,” which they did earlier this month.

A Christian Perspective

At 6 years old, girls commonly play with boys’ toys. It is called “being a tomboy.” However, for a girl to switch daily from calling herself a girl to calling herself a boy (especially when the parents are an adoptive gay couple), it seems that there potentially might be child abuse occurring.

As humans, our focus should be on the betterment of children, not advancing an agenda at the expense of a child, since:

He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  (Deuteronomy 10:18 NASB)

To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror. (Psalm 10:18 NASB)

Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.  (Isaiah1:17 NASB)

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.  (James 1:17 NASB)

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