Texas elementary school parents demanded change this week after the Comanche Springs Elementary School told an educator that she needed to have a psychiatric evaluation due to “female bleeding” that was caused by a problem with her birth control.
Assistant principal Kourtney Glaser explained to WFAA that she was forced to leave school and go to an emergency room in January after noticing blood on her pants. Doctors later determined that the condition was caused by intrauterine device (IUD) that had lodged in her uterine wall.
Although Glaser said that she had medical documentation, the school told her that her bleeding had been caused by “anxiety,” and that she could not return to work without a psychiatric evaluation.
“They didn’t believe me,” she recalled. “They thought I had an anxiety attack.”
In a Feb. 11 letter to Glaser, Saginaw ISD officials claimed “that there was so much blood that it looked like a crime scene.”
“It has also been reported where there are other occasions where you must excuse yourself because of female bleeding due to severe anxiety,” the letter stated.
Glaser was told that she could not return to work until she had been evaluated by a school-appointed psychiatrist.
“I have some anxiety, yes; I get nervous, yes,” Glaser insisted to WFAA. “But it isn’t impacting my job. I’ve led trainings for the district, I’ve led parent groups, spoken at PTA meetings.”
At Monday’s Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District board meeting, about 30 parents lashed out at school officials for creating a “toxic” culture.
“The climate at Comanche Hills Elementary is toxic due to poor leadership,” mother and PTA member Jennifer Jordan told the board.
In a 17-page “talking points” document, parents demanded that the board address whether it supported the school’s assertion that “anxiety” causes vaginal bleeding.
“I want my kids to grow up and feel like when something is not right, they have an obligation to try and make it right without fear of retribution,” father Chad Ferguson declared.
After the meeting, retired teacher Carol Smith of Coppell told the Star-Telegram that she had observed “bullying tactics” by Principal Katy Maurer.
Last Thursday, Maurer had file a police report claiming that a recently-suspended school employee and the employee’s husband were harassing her.
The district noted in a statement this week that it had reassigned Maurer to a different school. The district also said that it was working toward a resolution with Glaser, who remains on leave.
Watch the video below from WFAA, broadcast March 3, 2015.