Sharon Mercer, who works as a substitute teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., was reportedly suspended after demonstrating sex toys in class while clothed.
Mercer, who was teaching sex ed to sixth graders at Clinton Middle School, was photographed by an unidentified student while wearing a sex toy commonly known as a "dildo," notes Modern Woman Digest.
The pictures of Mercer were reportedly shot on a student’s cell phone and uploaded to the social media photo sharing site Imgur.
Mercer defended her teaching techniques in an email interview with Modern Woman Digest. Mercer claimed that her suspension was based on bigotry and set back gay rights.
Clinton Elementary School didn't comment on Mercer's suspension, but parent Nancy Watts told Modern Woman Digest, "It’s sick. I went to this very same elementary school when I was a little girl. There were never any sort of these nasty classes back then. If a teacher had done something like what Ms. Mercer did, they would have been locked up in the county jail."
Some conservative websites have tried to blame Common Core, which doesn't include this type of instruction.
CatholicGlasses.com blared the headline "Common Core? 6th Graders Taught How to Use Strap-On Dildo" and added:
JESUS HAVE MERCY ON THOSE KIDS! THAT TEACHER MUST BE FIRED AND PUT IN JAIL. … YESTERDAY!!! PUBLIC SCHOOLS TOOK GOD OUT — AND THE DEVIL FILLED UP THE VACUMN. BUT, GOD IS IN CHARGE … NOT THESE IDIOTS. THANK GOD FOR THE KID THAT TOOK THAT PHOTO. SUE THAT TEACHER AND DEMAND PRISON.