Sobbing Teacher Abruptly Quits During The Heated School Board Meeting: “I Quit Being A Cog In A Machine That Tells Me To Push Highly Politicized Agendas.”
Published in Aug 2021 / Updated in Sep 2021
A teacher from Virginia quit her job in tears over the school board’s “obsession” with lessons on critical race theory (CRT).
Laura Morris, formerly a fifth-grade teacher at Lucketts Elementary School in Leesburg, also protested against transgender locker rooms and other controversial topics she saw as controversial.
Speaking to the school’s boards, she stated:
“School board, I quit! I quit your politics, I quit your trainings, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents — the children. I will find employment elsewhere. I encourage all parents and staff in this country to flood the private schools.”
Laurs Moriss’ statement went viral and raised some critical questions.
The Dramatic Exit
The teacher’s speech continued with dramatic comparisons with her faith and political agendas. She stated that she struggled with the idea of returning to the school since her views are not in sync with the political ideologies the school stands for.
Laura Morris added that she doesn’t feel valued, stating:
“Since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you.”
The whole speech received over 55k views on one Twitter account alone.
WUSA reporter Jess Arnold shared the speech on Twitter, and like wildfire, it spread over other social networks.
This caused division among the parents.
One Christian mom said that God created males and females, adding:
“We respect everyone just as we should respect everybody, but I also am here to talk about HB because now that boys and girls are allowed to mix bathrooms, my daughter might not be safe in any of those bathrooms.”
Another pointed out:
“I do care about equity for all schoolchildren, and I believe if we protect transgender students and students of color, we protect all students, so we can make sure we have equity in our schools without taking away anything from anyone else.”
The third worried, transgender parent, encouraged others to support all policies to make transgender students feel more welcome. This parent concluded:
“This isn’t pseudoscience, this isn’t some sort of ideology. This is people’s lives. This is civil rights.”
Opening The Pandora’s Box
The meeting held on August 10th only opened the door for more questions.
As for Miss Morris, the school only released one comment:
“LCPS does not comment on personnel matters.”
Morris’ comments come just days after Byron Tanner Cross, a physical education Christian teacher from Virginia, was given back his job after his damaging comments on transgender students.
What do you think? Should the schools have more conversations with teachers before implementing new rules? Or, should the teachers be the ones to encourage their students to be what they feel they truly are?