A school board in Texas has voted to fire a teacher who told students to refer to pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” in a viral video that her defenders say was taken out of context.
The El Paso Independent School District Board of Trustees has begun the process of terminating Amber Parker, an English teacher at Franklin High School.
The action follows the publication of a short video that shows her telling students to refer to pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons.” In the video, Parker instructs a student that they’re “not allowed to label people” with the word pedophile.
“We’re not going to call them that. We’re going to call them MAPs, minor-attracted persons,” Parker said as students objected in the background. “So don’t judge people just because they want to have sex with a 5-year-old.”
Daniel Call, a member of the El Paso Independent School District’s Board of Trustees, elaborated on the situation in an Aug. 31 Facebook post.
“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 to challenge the students in preparation for them reading the book ‘The Crucible,'” he wrote.