Controversy is a part of art, and for Texas art teacher Stacey Bailey, that statement is all too true.
In September 2017 Bailey was allegedly barred from her classroom at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in Arlington, Texas after a parent complained she was pushing her “homosexual agenda” on her students.
Bailey claims she had shown her students a photo of her and her wife’s fish costumes from the Disney movie “Finding Nemo,” which elicited the initial complaint from parents.
hen she taught her students about gay artist Jasper Johns, she said parents complained again, resulting in Bailey being placed on administrative leave.
Nearly a year after dealing with the stress and frustration of being removed from her classroom and hindered from sharing her passion for art with her young students, Bailey is back in the classroom.
According to the Star-Telegram, Bailey will be stating the new academic year Mansfield’s Lake Ridge High School and will be teaching 9th through 12-grade students instead of elementary age students.
Bailey’s attorney, Jason Smith told the publication that the new position was meant to frustrate Bailey and encourage her to resign, and will come with a “greater workload” and a “learning curve” since she only has experience with elementary students.
Mansfield High School released a statement saying it had “concluded its internal investigation and that she reported for work this week along with all the other teachers in the district.”
The year begins Aug. 15, and Bailey will continue to teach despite pending federal lawsuit filed by Bailey for loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, emotional pain, and suffering, lost employment benefits, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, damage to professional reputation and other damages.