Teacher suspended after parents criticized Z-size breast prostheses
A Canadian teacher has reportedly been put on leave after months of criticism from her parents for being Z-size prosthetic breasts.
Kayla Lemieux, an industrial arts teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School in Ontario, Canada, was reportedly photographed by a newspaper outside of school, dressed as a man and without prosthetic limbs.
The teacher claimed that she was not in the photo and that the breasts were real.
Ms Lemieux has said she suffers from a rare condition called gigantomastia and that she was born ‘intersex’ rather than she was transgender.
According to the National Institutes of Health, gigantomastia is a “rare condition characterized by excessive breast growth.”
After the photo was published, a spokeswoman for Ontario’s Halton District School Board told the Toronto Sun, “Although the teacher does not currently have an active assignment, she remains employed.”
The teacher controversy began last year when it was revealed she taught classes in a wig and tight top that showed Z-cup breasts with protruding nipples.
The ensuing saga led to heated board meetings, parents complaining that their appearance was inappropriate for children, and bomb threats at the school.
Last month, the New York Post photographed what the paper claimed Ms Lemieux was dressed as a man and breastless as she walked down a street.
In an interview at a different time, Ms Lemieux told the New York Post: “I can’t tell you who that is [in the photograph] because I don’t want to drag anyone else into this.
“It’s me. I look like this. I always come out as I look. I don’t wear breast prostheses. These are real.”
The teacher told the newspaper she started hormone replacement therapy in 2021 and is “in transition.”
However, she said she was “not a transgender person” after being born “intersex”.
Experts give varying estimates of how rare it is to be born intersex, ranging anywhere from 0.018 percent to 1.7 percent of the population.
Ms Lemieux said the gigantomastia was caused by hormone therapy.
She told the New York Post: “It’s rare, there’s no doubt about it. It very rarely affects women but in my case I think and my doctor thinks because I also have XX chromosomes it has something to do with it and hormone sensitivity to estrogen caused it.”
In a subsequent email reply to the Toronto Sun, she said: “I have decided to break my silence and put my name next to my statements and I am now being asked to provide evidence. I really don’t know how to help you with that.”
School supports teachers
The Halton District School Board had previously supported the teacher.
A September statement said. “Gender identity and gender expression are protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
At a recent protest, parents carried signs reading “I feel ridiculed,” “too far,” and “role model for student teachers.”
Hadeon MacKillop, a student at the school, told CBC Toronto there should be a dress code for teachers.
He said: “If students have to follow these rules, I think teachers should do the same.
“That, in my opinion, is the main problem, not having anything to do with it [transgender] Problems, it’s just the dress code.”
The school district said it would “priority to education and a learning environment for our students,” but “at the same time, we uphold our values of inclusion.”
Ontario Secretary of Education Stephen Lecce told the Toronto Star this week: “Halton’s parents are rightly outraged by what is happening.
In January, the school board agreed to develop a policy for teachers to appear “proper and professional”.
However, a spokeswoman for parents’ group Students First Ontario said the board had failed to “develop a policy to address the issue at hand – dress codes and teacher professionalism to ensure students attend classes in a safe and distraction-free environment.” . .
At a board meeting last month, Julia Malott, a transgender mother, said what Ms Lemieux was wearing to class was “absolutely not appropriate for school”.
She said: “It’s fetish wear that’s used in sex work and the drag industry, or people in their own homes enjoying it. It’s certainly not something I want my daughter to see.”
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