Today we are sad to bring you yet another one of those stories that sound so completely demented and unbelievable that it would likely have been left on the cutting room floor of a dystopian movie script. And yet it’s true, and it comes to us from a very unlikely location.

At a public high school in El Paso, Texas, an English teacher was caught on video telling a group of students that they cannot refer to pedophiles as pedophiles. She told her students to refer to them as “MAPs,” or “minor-attracted persons.” Not being satisfied with that, she further chastised one of the students to not “judge people just because they wanna have sex with a 5-year-old.” 

I wouldn’t have believed it either if the video hadn’t surfaced and made its way around social media. Thankfully, the Board of Trustees for Franklin High School held an emergency meeting and placed Amber Parker on administrative leave pending termination. For once we have people in a public school system declaring an “emergency” when it absolutely, positively was a legitimate emergency. 

In an 18-second clip, the Franklin High School teacher can be heard telling students to “stop calling them that. You’re not allowed to label people like that.”

“We’re not gonna call them that,” the teacher is heard saying in the video. “We’re gonna call them MAPs, minor attracted persons. So don’t judge people just because they wanna have sex with a 5-year-old.”

Because of the brief nature of the video, we are forced to speculate about the context of the comments. It appears clear that the teacher was responding to the use of the word “pedophile” by one or more of the students. During the board meeting, School Board Vice President Daniel Call actually attempted to defend Parker, saying that her comments were “taken out of context.”

I’m not sure what “context” that could have been said in during a high school English class where it would have been appropriate, but Call later recanted his defense after hearing the details of the investigation. He initially said that she had been “trying to be sarcastic,” but later stated, “terminating this teacher is the right thing to do.”

Unfortunately, this incident is perhaps far less uncommon than we would have previously imagined. Something like this doesn’t just happen in a vacuum. The normalization of the sexualization of children has been showing up far too often. This frequently arises in discussions involving the transgender agenda, but it’s not limited to that part of the story.

Amber Parker’s comments would have been horrifying enough if she had been talking about adults being attracted to children who are old enough to be in high school and likely past the age of puberty. But she felt compelled to include the image of someone wanting to have sex with a 5-year-old. That’s a crime against nature.

Parker didn’t just make up the phrase “minor-attracted person” out of thin air, by the way. It’s been making the rounds for a while now. We recently learned of a licensed sex therapist in Pennsylvania who works for the state’s Department of Corrections and published a video defending that “population.” She said that pedophiles are an “already marginalized population,” and that such sick attractions are “only part of who they are and doesn’t represent everything that they are.”

It feels as if not a week goes by where we don’t see yet another story of this sick behavior permeating society and in our school systems in particular. Apparently, there really are no lines of fundamental decency left for some people. Children are the most vulnerable and easily targeted members of society. In a civilized world, protecting them would be among the most fundamental duties required to keep humanity from collapsing completely. And yet here we are.

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