Words have meaning. That’s something one Texas teacher learned after a video circulated of her saying something to students that alarmed parents.
High school teacher Amber Parker is caught on video saying, “Stop it. We’re not going to call them that. We’re going to call them MAPs. Minor-attracted persons. So, don’t judge people because they want to have sex with a 5 year old.”
A teacher in Texas telling her students to not use the word peaodophile and to use map(minor attracted person) instead if an adult is attracted to a 12 year old,this is sickening 🤬🤬🤬 pic.twitter.com/P5tmjaE7Ky
— undisputed champ (@undisputedcha14) August 31, 2022
The district conducted an investigation and fired Parker after parents were understandably concerned about the clip.
However, other parents of children in the classroom say there’s more to the story.
According to them, the teacher was intentionally defending a standpoint she does not agree with as she prepared students to read their next novel, The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
One parent said of the video clip, “After hearing from some of the students that were in the class, including my own nephew, I believe now that the teacher that appeared to be promoting and normalizing pedophilia was pretending to advocate a position she didn’t actually believe in order challenge the students in preparation for them reading the book The Crucible.”
School Board President Al Velarde says that, nevertheless, the decision has been made to fire the teacher. She will be given a chance to appeal.