According to Sante Fe New Mexican, a transgender music teacher was forced to quit her job after parents complained about videos of her drag performances.
Christina Cracraft, or Taffy Shalamar as she is known in drag, has been performing in drag shows for quite some time. However, the problem did not arise until last year when parents in the Santa Fe Public Schools came across online videos of Taffy performing burlesque routines. Accordingly, the parents wrote a letter to Gonzales Community School Principal Michael Lee and Vice Principal Carl Marano, according to the article.
In the letter, the parents made it clear that this was not an anti-gay or anti-transgender issue, but it was about the performance’s themselves. They were “sexually stimulating” and “pornographic, plain and simple.”
The letter also discusses Cracraft’s Facebook page and how it is public, making it easily accessible to the children.
Cracraft was put on administrative leave in mid-December, citing the need to investigate her conduct both inside and outside the classroom that has drawn complaints from parents, according to a copy of the letter provided by Cracraft to Santa Fe New Mexican.
She was placed on paid leave and has not returned to her classroom since- other than to collect her belongings. Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez asked Cracraft to resign in February, she said.
Cracraft said that while Gutierrez, Lee and Santa Fe’s National Education Association union was supportive throughout the process, school districts should begin to lay out specific guidelines for such cases.