A protest is planned at the Beaumont Independent School District's administration building after a Cosmetology instructor says her class was canceled and her employment terminated because one of the students is homosexual.
Cequana Clark-Lee worked at Beaumont Independent School District's Taylor Career and Technology Center teaching an adult cosmetology class at night. She believes the principal, Thomas Campbell-Amons, closed her class because he did not want a man he thought was gay attending it.
Clark-Lee believes she was fired because she became vocal about it.
A group calling itself Southeast Texans Against BISD's Taylor Center Principal Thomas Amons has started an online petition calling on the district to fire the principal. Supporters of the teacher say they are going to hold a protest this weekend.
12News HD spoke with Clark-lee about an hour after she found out she would no longer be teaching students the in and outs of cosmetology. She says it hit her hard.
"My passion is for those students," Clark-Lee said.
So much that she says she stuck up for one of them when she claims principal Thomas Campbell-Amons wanted him out.
"He said I don't want him bringing his boyfriends up here, I can't have that riff raff here. I can't have gay students in the classroom. ," Clark-Lee claims.
She refused to remove the student in her adult night class and says she told the principal to do it himself if he wanted the student gone.
"If you're asking someone to leave because of their sex preference, that has nothing to do with me, I'm here to teach and run a program," Clark-Lee said.
That happened Monday.
Three days later Clark Lee's night cosmetology class through Beaumont ISD's Taylor Center was canceled and she was no longer employed as an instructor.
B.I.S.D. says the decisions were made because of budget restraints and a lack of Beaumont Cosmetology Graduates registering for the classes.
"Our actual attendance has gone up to 30. They've had to get an aid to stay with me in the evening because God has blessed the program so much," Clark-Lee said.
Now Clark-Lee has a message not just for the student she says was discriminated against but for every student who will no longer be able to take her night class.
B.I.S.D. released a statement saying
Stay with your dreams and don't be discouraged because there will be victory after this," Clark-Lee said.
B.I.S.D released a statement saying "Due to budget restraints and no Beaumont ISD cosmetology graduates registering for the class, the Taylor Career center is no longer offering an extended courtesy evening cosmetology class for adults. Campbell-Amons stressed that the high school cosmetology program at Taylor still exists. But he said the school can no longer afford to fund the part of the program serving non- B.I.S.D. cosmetology program graduates."
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