An El Paso, Texas teacher is on administrative leave and faces fire after telling students to call pedophiles ‘persons attracted to minors’ in an incident that was caught on video and shared on social networks. social media, according to the city’s school district.
In an 18-second clip, the Franklin High School teacher can be heard telling students to “stop calling them that. You’re not allowed to label people that.”
“We’re not going to call them that,” the teacher is heard saying in the video. “We’re going to call them MAPs, people attracted to minors. So don’t judge people just because they want to sleep with a 5-year-old.”
The teacher was identified by the El Paso Teachers Association as Amber Parker, who teaches English at Franklin High School.
NBC News contacted Parker, who said she was “not legally authorized to comment at this time.”
Franklin High School’s requests for comment were not immediately returned.
It’s unclear what happened before the 18-second video, or what the context of the exchange was. The El Paso Independent School District declined to answer questions about what led to the class discussion.
The school district was made aware of the incident early last week and quickly launched an investigation, spokeswoman Liza Rodriguez said Friday.
“After a thorough investigation was conducted, on September 6, 2022, at a special board meeting, the board approved the decision to notify a Franklin High School teacher of the proposed dismissal” , she said. “Any allegations of potential misconduct are thoroughly investigated and the safety of our students is a top priority.”
The school district would not release the findings of its investigation or any other information, saying the incident was a “staff matter.”
The board voted unanimously to initiate dismissal proceedings against the teacher, with the next step being “an appeal process governed by the Texas education code,” said Al Velarde, president. advice. The teacher is now on paid administrative leave pending his dismissal, according to Rodriguez.
Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, council vice-chairman Daniel Call said the classroom exchange was taken out of context.
However, Call said he changed his mind after being briefed on the school district’s findings following their investigation on Tuesday.
“At first I was shocked and horrified when I saw the video,” he told NBC News. “Then when I heard she was trying to be sarcastic, I felt bad for her. However, when the district’s investigation into this situation helped me understand the whole story, I didn’t I have no doubt that terminating this teacher is the right thing to do. Any reasonable person hearing the results of the investigation would vote to fire her.”
Call would not share details of the investigation that caused him to change his mind about the incident.
El Paso Teachers’ Association president Norma De La Rosa said union legal staff advised her not to comment on the incident at this time.
“I will be more than happy to comment once the teacher has had an opportunity to appeal and the process is complete,” she told NBC News. “I’m sure by then I’ll have a lot to comment on.”