EAG- Students questioned as part of the district’s investigation told officials the teacher cursed at them, said she hates white people, and would use racially insensitive terms in class. Hendrix also reportedly asked students about their sexuality, used homophobic insults, and threatened to issue a failing grade if they reported her antics, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Hendrix allegedly asked a female student if she was gay, then fondly recalled a lesbian experience she encountered with another female teacher at the school. A male student also said Hendrix questioned him about his sexuality, and Hendrix told Fox 30 she did it for his own good.
“I called the boy outside and I said to the boy, I said, ‘What’s going on?’ and he said, ‘Kids are calling me gay,’ and I looked at him and said, ‘Well, are you gay?’” Hendrix said. “He said, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘Well, why does that bother you? – simply like that.”
“Another student interviewed as part of the investigation said that Hendrix called her father and told him she was a lesbian,” according to the Sentinel. “Hendrix said in an interview with WJAX that she believes the allegations against her are part of a payback scheme orchestrated by that student.”
At least one student took to the Fox 30 site to defend Hendrix, whom she credits for “saving her life.”
I think at this point we all know that the word 'hate', and any and all references to race and/or sexual orientation probably aren't the best things to be using in the classroom. In fact, they are almost guaranteed to get you fired. My question, however, is can "I hate white people" be considered a racist statement if it comes from the mouth of a white woman? I suppose if it came from the mouth of Rachel Dolezal it could, but from the mouth of an old, pasty white broad? I think at that point it goes from racially insensitivity to self realization. Let's be honest with ourselves, little entitled caucasian bastards are menaces in homeroom. Who can blame this woman for getting tired of their whining? Even if she is a teacher.
I understand why this teacher currently doesn't have job, but I think it's more of an indictment of how we have hamstrung our educators. By most accounts this women was a good person that had her student's best interest at mind. Should she have told a father that his daughter was a lesbian? Probably not, but if she can't hide her sexual preference from her teacher then it wasn't going to be long before her parents found out anyway. At least it helped her avoid an awkward conversation with daddy. Look at her back and forth with the kid that was being called gay. That's some 'sticks and stones, don't let words hurt you' shit. Is it tough love? Absolutely, but maybe its exactly what these kids need instead of being babied. It saved at least one kid's life and that's more than being politically correct and tip toeing around sensitive topics ever did. Her implementation is probably worthy of a suspension, but I really believe her intent was commendable.