Laura Jane Klug says she has substituted at Lumberton Intermediate School previously and without any issues, and is unclear what has instigated the outrage, reports KBMT-TV.
She says she was suspended Tuesday pending a decision by the school board on whether to continue using her as a substitute teacher.
Roger Beard, whose son was in the fifth grade class Klug was subbing, said he is concerned that a transgender teacher poses a distraction to ten and eleven year old children.
Klug says she has always conducted herself in a professional manner and “would never discuss my gender identity in school.”
The school board meets Thursday.