Former students and parents from an elementary school in Arlington, Texas, say they are devastated a beloved art teacher was suspended after she told students she was married to a woman.
Stacy Bailey, who twice won teacher of the year at Charlotte Anderson Elementary, was suspended last September after the district "received complaints from parents about Ms. Bailey discussing her sexual orientation with elementary-aged students," according to a press release from Mansfield Independent School District. The suspension was first reported by the Dallas Morning News.
"Parents have the right to control the conversation with their children, especially as it relates to religion, politics, sex/sexual orientation, etc," the press release read.
Bailey's lawyer, Giana Ortiz, disputes that multiple parents complained.
"MISD has resorted to a press release, misstating the facts and attempting to paint Stacy as lacking judgment or moral compass. The fact is that she was placed on leave after years of exemplary work based on a single parent complaint," Ortiz said in a statement.