Controversial transgender teacher known for donning large prosthetic breasts joins Hamilton school

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Kayla Lemieux teaches woodshop. Seen here in the classroom at Oakville Trafalgar High School. 


Controversial teacher Kayla Lemieux appears to have been hired by Hamilton’s public school board (HWDSB) for the upcoming school year.

An email obtained by The Hamilton Independent written to parents from HWDSB Superintendent of Student Achievement Adnan Shahbaz and Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School Principal Tom Fisher reads that “an experienced educator who will be teaching at Nora Frances Henderson this September, was recently the subject of public attention pertaining to their gender expression.”

The email notes that, as a result, the school may “receive some level of public attention.”

It should be noted that the teacher is not named by the board due to privacy policies, but the Toronto Sun has reported that the teacher is indeed Lemieux.

Lemieux made headlines while working at Oakville Trafalgar High School as a shop teacher. Lemieux previously identified as a man and now identifies as a woman, wearing a blond wig and lipstick. 

But it was Lemieux’s other attire that drew attention from parents and the media as being highly inappropriate.

It started with a video captured in a shop class at Oakville Trafalgar High School showing Lemieux with very large (artificial) breasts. Multiple photos and videos also clearly show nipples visible through Lemieux’s clothing.

In response to the situation, the Halton school board essentially said that dress codes are only applicable to students and not teachers.

The situation sparked protests at the Oakville school and even bomb threats. Although the bomb threats turned out to be unsubstantiated, the situation resulted in numerous disruptions at the school.

Lemieux was eventually put on paid leave, allegedly due to a foot injury.

It now appears that Lemieux will be returning to the classroom, only this time at Hamilton’s Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School. Nora Frances Henderson is located on Hamilton Mountain at 1770 Upper Sherman Avenue just south of Rymal Road East.

In the email to parents, Shahbaz and Fisher say that the purpose of the correspondence to parents is to communicate that the school is “preparing for a variety of scenarios, including possible media interest onsite and protests.”

As such the school is instituting a number of safety procedures including the “locking of exterior doors during school hours.”

Students will reportedly only be able to use the front main doors of the school during school hours and all students and visitors will be required to use an intercom system to enter and exit the building.

The email also says that the board and the school “have an obligation to uphold individual rights and treat everyone with dignity and respect.”

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