Laura Jane Klug, a transgender fifth grade substitute teacher, has been suspended from Lumberton Intermediate School in Texas because of complaints by parents.
The teacher, who was born Kirk Klug, met with school officials on Tuesday who told her that she was suspended until the Lumberton ISD school board rendered a ruling (video below).
"I have always conducted myself in a professional manner and would never discuss my gender identity in school," Klug told 12 News Now.
However, parent Roger Beard countered, "If it does affect my child and his ability to learn or if it causes questions that I don't feel are appropriate then undoubtedly there's an issue with having somebody transgender, transsexual or transvestite, to be teaching that age group."
Not all parents oppose Klug teaching the 10-to-11-year-old age group.
"My son knows who he is and I don't think any outside influence is going to change that," parent Jammie Marcantel told KFDM. "I'm more concerned about straight predatory teachers rather than I am someone who lives an alternative private alternate lifestyle, I don't worry about my son."
The Lumberton ISD school board will hold a public forum to hear from parents today and then privately vote on Klug's employment.
Texas does not have employment laws that govern sexual orientation or identity.