Tallahassee Reports has learned that the local reporting about the controversy surrounding Canopy Oaks teacher, Chloe Bressack, failed to include any reference to Bressack’s participation in a February 24th, 2017 demonstration for transgender student rights.
At the demonstration Bressack was a featured speaker.
TR first learned about the demonstration after Greg Marr Jr., a morning talk show host on Freedom 93.3, referenced a FAMU Online report about the demonstration.
Tallahassee Reports reviewed three stories by the Tallahassee Democrat, three stories by WCTV and two stories by WTXL that addressed the controversy generated by Bressack’s request that her fifth grade students use gender neutral language when addressing her in the classroom.
None of these eight reports referenced Bressack’s role in the demonstration.
Why is this important?
When the controversy arose, Canopy Oaks Principal Paul Lambert assured parents that Bressack’s “only agenda is teaching math and science at the greatest level she can.”
Also, Superintendent Rocky Hanna stated “I can assure you that teachers in our district will not be allowed to use their influence in the classroom to advance any personal belief or political agenda. At this time, I do not believe that is the case in this instance.”
However, statements by Bressack at the demonstration raises questions about these assurances. At the demonstration Bressack said:
“I will not be spending my entire life pretending to be someone that I am not. I refuse to show students that their gender identities are something to be ashamed of. I refuse to show students that their gender identity makes them a danger to other students.”
This statement appears to indicate that Bressack had an agenda beyond teaching math and science. Bressack was ultimately transferred out of the classroom.
After the transfer Superintendent Hanna said the district has a “responsibility to provide a productive educational environment…free of distractions for our students, teachers, and staff.”