Accused of Defending Pedophiles in Class Texas School Board Votes to Fire Teacher
A high school teacher who appeared to defend pedophilia to her students has been fired by her Texas school board, according to media reports.
In a recording uploaded to TikTok, Franklin High School teacher Amber Parker is heard urging her students to call pedophiles “Minor Attracted Persons.” Parker taught English at the El Paso school, KFOX reported.
“Don’t judge people just because they want to have sex with 5-year-olds,” Parker is heard saying in the recording.
The El Paso Independent School District’s board of trustees unanimously voted to fire Parker on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to the El Paso Times.
Board trustee Daniel Call initially said, citing a district spokesperson, that the teacher’s comments were taken out of context. Instead, Parker was “pretending to advocate a position she didn’t actually believe in (in) order to challenge the students in preparation for them reading the book ‘The Crucible,’” Call said.
In a message via Facebook, Parker told the El Paso Times, part of the USA TODAY Network, “I’m not legally allowed to comment at this time.”
The video went viral and parent groups on Facebook took to social media in response.
Her husband, Jason Parker, commented on Call’s Facebook post and referred to his wife as an “innocent woman.”