Teachers Demand to Be Treated as Students in New Wave of Identity Politics

Teacher sitting at students desk

A group of teachers from various schools across the country have launched a campaign to be recognized and respected as students, claiming that they identify more with the younger generation than their peers.

The teachers, who call themselves “trans-students”, say that they feel trapped in the wrong age group and that they deserve to enjoy the same rights and privileges as their pupils, such as free lunch, homework passes, recess and nap time.

“We are not asking for much, just to be accepted for who we are,” said Mr. Fuentes, a 45-year-old math teacher who identifies as a 12-year-old boy. “We have always felt like we belong with the kids, not with the boring old adults who don’t understand us.”

The trans-students have faced backlash from parents, administrators and other teachers who accuse them of being immature, irresponsible and delusional.

“This is ridiculous and unacceptable,” said Janet Reed, a 50-year-old English teacher who identifies as a 50-year-old woman. “These people are supposed to be role models for our children, not act like them. They need to grow up and do their jobs.”

The trans-students have also encountered resistance from some of their students who do not appreciate sharing their classrooms with their former instructors.

“It’s weird and creepy,” said Amy, a 13-year-old girl who used to be taught by Mr. Fuentes. “He sits next to me in math class and tries to copy my answers.”

The trans-students claim that they are not harming anyone by expressing their true selves and that they hope to inspire others who feel the same way.

“We are proud of our identity and we want to celebrate it,” said Fuentes. “We are not alone. There are many more like us out there who are afraid to come out of the closet. We hope that our example will encourage them to embrace their inner child.”

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