Dress code ordered by Oakville school board in response to male teacher wearing prosthetic breasts
( Post Millennial )
The director of education of the Halton District School Board has been tasked with developing a “professionalism policy,” which reportedly includes a dress code after images went viral in September of a biologically male teacher who identifies as transgender and teaches class while wearing obscenely large prosthetic breasts.
According to CP24, the unanimous decision was made at a Jan. 3 special board meeting, four months after the pictures of Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher Kayla Lemieux circulated widely on social media.
Pictures and video footage have shown Lemieux teaching shop class wearing a blond wig, short shorts, and a tight top stretched almost to breaking point by the gigantic fake bosom.
Lemieux is a Manufacturing and Technology instructor at the school in Oakville, Ontario and allegedly began identifying as a woman last year.
In a November report regarding the implementation of a formal dress code for staff, Superintendent Sari Taha and Director of Education Curtis Ennis wrote, “Even if a dress code is implemented for non-discriminatory reasons, it would likely be found to be discriminatory where it adversely affects an employee or group of employees on the basis of their Code-protected grounds.”
The officials added, “Finally, and most importantly, we note that if the employer desires to foster a culture of professionalism, respect, equity and inclusion, a truly reasonable and non-discriminatory dress code or grooming standards would most likely fail to yield the intended results.”
Despite the concerns stated in the report, the board requested a policy outlining expectations be presented in March 2023 including a “requirement to maintain appropriate professional standards of dress and decorum in the classroom." An interim report on the new requirements is expected in February.
Ennis told CTV News Toronto on Tuesday that HDSB’s “commitment to human rights remains rooted in our core values.”
He added that the new policy will be informed by employment law firms “with human rights and equity advisors.”
“This commitment and approach will continue to be applied as the HDSB looks to fulfill this motion.”
When the images first circulated in September the school defended the costume as an acceptable expression of gender identity, and Halton District School Board officials stated it was a “personnel matter.”
The school previously sent a letter to parents defending the teacher which read, "We are aware of discussion on social media and in the media regarding Oakville Trafalgar High School. We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to our community that we are committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, caring, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming learning and working environment for all students and staff."
In response to the images, Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Education Minister, asked the Ontario College of Teachers to review professional conduct provisions to ensure “the highest stands of professionalism in front of our kids.”