An English teacher in El Paso, Texas reportedly instructed students not to judge someone “just because they want to have sex with a 5 year old.”
The teacher reportedly says in the video to call them “Minor Attracted Persons” instead.
⚠️ English teacher at Franklin HS in El Paso, TX reportedly instructs students to not judge someone “just because they want to have sex with a 5 year old,” and tells them to call them "Minor Attracted Persons” instead ‼️
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Twitter users responded to the video:
We need live streams from every single public funded classroom. https://t.co/1cnT59XAYi
— Verminous (@VerminousMan) August 31, 2022
GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF GOVT FUNDED SCHOOLS!!!! https://t.co/z86xgZhyQy
— T. Farr (@ThomasJFarrell7) August 31, 2022
It’s becoming dangerous for kids to be in public schools. https://t.co/4fKp0qxsAA
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— Demeter Aganippe (@Whatfreshhell5) August 30, 2022
Local El Paso media picked up the story and said the viral clip was ‘taken out of context.’
Two students who are in the class said the social media clip that is being circulated was taken out of context and was part of a larger discussion and exercise on political questions during an introduction to “The Crucible.” The students made their comments on social media.
A 16-second clip posted on social media showed the following exchange:
On the Whiteboard: “Age doesn’t matter when it comes to love.”
Teacher: “You’re not allowed to label people like that.”
Entire class: “They are called pedophiles.”
Teachers: “Stop it.”
Teacher: “We’re not going to call them that.”
Teacher: “We’re going to call them MAPS.”
Teacher: “Minor Attracted Person.”
“So don’t judge people because they want to have sex with 5-year-olds.”
A handful of viewers have reached out to KTSM, expressing concern or even outrage.
After reading this I’d still like to know what was “taken out of context”
El Paso ISD investigating teacher talking about ‘pedophiles'; students say it was taken out of context https://t.co/N7twoyk22P
— Eliza (@elizableu) August 31, 2022
CBS 4 also reported that the video was ‘taken out of context.’
A student who was in the class told CBS4 the video was taken out of context.
“She [teacher] was expressing how it was ridiculous how we [society] might not be able to call people pedophiles. That we [society] will probably have to start calling them MAPs because it can be offensive to them [pedophiles]. The class agreed,” Ryann Ruvalcaba, a junior at Franklin High School said.
Ruvalcaba said the teacher is a good teacher.
“I appreciate her and the topics we review and discuss in class,” Ruvalcaba said.
Ruvalcaba said students support the teacher and hopes the teacher is not reprimanded or taken out of the school because it would be a loss to students.
Krissy Rumpf commented on the Facebook post saying “I am glad the school is taking this seriously and investigating, and I look forward to seeing their results. This is an 18 second snippet that sounds horrific – but it’s also without any context of what the lesson or conversation was. If that’s all that was said, then definitely not OK and action needs to be taken. But it’s 18 seconds of a 90 minute class period, and before stringing up the teacher, I’d like to know more about the intent of the lesson being presented and how the students interpreted it.”
Hellen Maese commented, “Normalizing pedophilia under the guise of compassion. What a sick world.”
CBS4 spoke to parents at Franklin High School about the video and their initial reaction when they heard it.
Two parents agreed those types of conversations should not be had in the classroom because they can become confusing.
“You wanna see the full video and get context and everything but… that statement in itself is very concerning,” said Thomas Deason, a Franklin High School parent.
“It’s kind of confusing to me it’s like why are they trying to confuse kids by labeling something like that, something different than what everyone is used to,” added David Meinik.
“However, parent Laurie Edwards said she’ll wait until the investigation is completed to make her decision,” CBS 4 noted.
“It’s not a good 18 seconds but I think that I need context and to know what the whole conversation was before I’d be able to weigh in on to see what’s going on but I do see a lot of students have come to her defense.”
The El Paso Independent School District said it’s aware of the classroom situation and is investigating.