Ontario school board offers vague policy on 'professionalism' in response to biological male teacher sporting massive prosthetic breasts to school

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The Halton District School Board (HDSB) has released a draft of its highly anticipated professionalism policy in response to a biological male teacher showing up to teach shop class wearing obscenely large fetish breasts, but the policy does not contain anything specific regarding a staff dress code.

The HDSB became the focus of intense international scrutiny last September when photographs surfaced online of a male teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School, identified as Kayla Lemieux, wearing a blond wig, short shorts, and a tight top stretched to breaking point over enormous prosthetic breasts, the likes of which can only be purchased from specialist fetish stores.

After months of inaction by the school board, which initially supported Lemieux’s right to wear the pornographic attire while teaching adolescents, on Jan. 3, Curtis Ennis, director of education, announced that the board would be revising its professionalism policy, the draft version of which was released on Feb 23.

“The purpose of this Policy is to consolidate and affirm existing expectations regarding staff professionalism, including dress and decorum, at board and school settings and at school-based activities, focusing on the importance of demonstrating, through personal presentation, respect for public education and each student’s right to learn in a safe, inclusive and accepting environment,” reads the policy.

The draft states the requirement in the Education Act that the HDSB “maintain policies that promote student achievement and well-being [and] promote a positive school climate.” Oakville Trafalgar has faced bomb threats, protests, and even threats of gun violence during the board’s months of dilly-dallying.

In November, the HDSB justified its support of Lemieux’s right to show up to teach wearing gigantic pornographic breasts by citing the Ontario Human Rights Code’s inclusion of gender identity and gender expression as protected characteristics. The Code is again mentioned in the draft policy, with the board recognising that their policy must reflect “the primacy of the Human Rights Code, which provides that every person has the right to equal treatment with respect to the provision of educational services, without discrimination on a ground protected under the Code.”

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