But at this moment, what could be worse? This was the one question I was hoping would not come up on camera. I had not told any lies, but I had certainly been economical — evasive, perhaps — with the truth. Now here we were, with TV cameras in front of us, and here was Tom, a boy with ADHD and a non-negotiable sense of right and wrong, whose question was not going to be brushed away. I could almost hear the whir of the zoom lenses focusing in on my face as I paused to consider the consequences of what I was about to say, potentially to two million viewers. And here, there were cameras too.
Lesbian teacher suspended for showing photo of 'future wife' gets $100,000 settlement
Lesbian teacher suspended for showing photo of 'future wife' gets $, settlement
The Mansfield Independent School District said that the two parties agreed to settle in an "amicable" manner and that it denied "any wrongdoing or liability," telling NBC News in an email that the district wanted to "avoid the time, expense, stress and other impacts of continuing litigation, which would interfere with the mission of educating the students. Bailey, who began working at Charlotte Anderson Elementary School in the Dallas suburb of Arlington over a decade ago, sued the district and two school administrators in May , claiming that the defendants wrongly discriminated against her because of her sexual orientation. According to the suit, a parent complained to the school board and the superintendent that Bailey was promoting a "homosexual agenda" in the classroom by showing students a picture of the woman who is now her wife during a "Get to Know Your Teacher" presentation. The complaint eventually led to Bailey — who was twice selected Teacher of the Year at her school — being placed on administrative leave in September and then being asked the next month for her resignation, which she refused to give. After the lawsuit was filed, the school district said it did "not warrant merit" and categorically denied the allegations, claiming in a statement that the district "has been an inclusive, supportive environment for LGBT staff for decades.