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SCOOP: Chicago Public Schools employee allegedly fired for voicing concerns over student drag show
An engineer at Disney II Magnet Elementary and High School was allegedly fired for voicing concerns about a student Drag show hosted by the school’s GSA club.
In an exclusive interview with Libs of TikTok, the engineer, who wishes not to reveal her name, explained how she came across multiple posters in the school hallway promoting the upcoming “Drag & Talent Show”. The event was open to all students grades 7-12, and she says students were encouraged to join. This was not the first time she came across troubling content from the school. During her training period, she was required to watch a video about supporting transgender youth. The video features a 13-year old transgender student dressed in lingerie. In the video, the student says that the school accommodates her transition by using her preferred pronouns and changing her name in the system.
Although the school embraces a radical leftist agenda, the engineer was still taken aback by the content of the poster. “I can’t get on board with that,” she told the school security guard, gesturing to the poster.
She claims her comment was overheard by assistant principal Matt Fasana. “Get on board with what?” he allegedly asked. She explained that she felt the event was inappropriate for middle and high school students. In response, he allegedly accused her of not supporting equal opportunity. “I am for equal opportunity,” she insisted, “I just don’t think that drag is equal opportunity.” She claims that up until then, she had a good working relationship with the assistant principal, and the Chicago Public School System was happy with her work. So, the comment from the assistant principal came as a surprise.
In an attempt to smooth things over, she later apologized to Mr. Fasana for the sharp exchange. She politely explained that as an employee of the school, it was her duty to ensure the safety of the school and students, and such a controversial event would surely jeopardize that. She left the meeting feeling satisfied and grateful to share her perspective. Hours later, her manager told her she was being placed on paid leave.
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The following week an investigation meeting was held with her management at Eco-Alpha, the company that employs her to CPS. Her business agent and zone chief went through a few HR questions, which she answered truthfully. An hour later, she was officially terminated. In response to her termination, she filed a grievance complaint and requested the reason for her termination. She was told that CPS requested her termination due to “disciplinary actions.” She wasn’t satisfied with that response and kept pressing for answers.
Over one month after her termination and vague responses from her boss, her employer finally settled on a reason: discrimination.
After nearly two years of working at CPS and nine years as an engineer, she was let go without even being able to pick up her belongings. She believes this harsh treatment was simply because she voiced an opinion the school didn’t agree with. In an effort to get some answers she hired a lawyer to go after Eco-Alpha for wrongful termination and CPS for a First Amendment violation. She hopes that one day she can get her job back but is not sure what the future may bring.
Disney II Magnet School did not immediately respond to Libs of TikTok’s request for comment.