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If you were in high school, and a teacher in your school had a sex-change operation, then came back to teach at your school, how would you react?

I probably wouldn't get the chance to have a reaction because the closed-minded school board would probably find a reason to fire them before they had a chance to teach!

Dianne, 16
Ontario  CANADA

Honestly, I don't know. I would be somewhat shocked, and perhaps a bit disturbed.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista
, AR  USA

If any of the teachers who taught me personally the past two years were to have a sex-change operation, I would be extremely surprised. I just can't imagine any of them as a person of the opposite gender. But I wouldn't have a problem with it at all. In fact, a female teacher who used to teach me a few years ago would make a very convincing man.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff   ENGLAND

I probably would think it a bit weird at times and the initial adjustment would take some time. But I don't think it would be long before I would simply view the teacher as who they are in whatever body they have chosen to live in. I could imagine more than a few parents and administrators having fits however.

Felicia, 35
Lowell
, MA   USA

when i was in high school i was desperately trying to fit in, so I'd probably mimick the shallow remarks of my schoolmates my current response to sex-changes is do what you want...it is a bit hard to understand and sometimes is so obvious you can't help but think about it, but it's really none of my business

Firelady, 23
Dallas
, TX   USA

I would be very shocked, but I would try my best to treat him/her as normal as possible.

Melodi, 19
Gahanna
, OH   USA

When I was in high school, I didn't think of teachers as sexual beings, so I'd probably have been very shocked.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Who cares? I he wanted to be a she or if she wanted to be a he, what's the big problem? The teacher still has the same brain underneath...

Maggie, 20
Sandwich
, IL   USA

I'd be very impressed, for one thing - it's not everyone who can pull that off. It's hard enough having a sex change, but when you work with teenagers it takes even more guts to go back to work. I'd also be impressed with the administration for allowing the teacher to return...I suspect not everywhere would permit that kind of thing. Personally, though, I have no problems with transsexuals. Most are required to live as the target gender for at least a year before going through with the surgery, so I'd probably already be used to it.

etoile, 20
Washington
, DC  USA

I'd stop using the title that went with the wrong gender.

Karen, 21
Marshelltown/Ames
, IA  USA

Honestly, I'd be a little freaked out. But, I would still treat that teacher with respect.

Jennifer, 19
Wilkes-Barre
, PA  USA

I think that this is a really difficult question to answer because I'm not a teenager anymore. I know that if that happened now I would give the person a standing ovation for having the courage to live their life the way they are want and/or need to- even though society may not embrace their choices. As a teenager, I think I would have behaved like someone passing an accident on the highway- compelled to stare. But kids are pretty adaptable if left to their own devices, so after a week or so, I probably would have been falling asleep in class again.

Shayna, 28
Somerville
, MA  USA

Fortunately, I never came across this situation. It is hard to answer honestly, seeing how it never happened, I am merely speaking in hypothetical terms. I would like to think that I would not havea cow about it. As long as it is not illegal, and it is not hurting anybody, people should be free to pursue whatever will make them happy. Besides, that decision is not a spur of the moment thing, so obviously they feel this would put them "right." Generally speaking, my belief is that as long as it is not illegal, and is not hurting anybody, one should be able to pursue happiness, however one chooses to do so.

Frodo
age unknown, parts unknown

I'm not bothered by sex changes--not as a student, not as a teacher, not as a parent.

Jill, 60
Saylorsburg
, PA  USA

well, speaking as someone who has loads of tv friends, if it happened to me now it wouldnt be a problem ... dont know how i would have reacted when I was a innocent ikkle 16yo though!

Alice, 21
Winchester  UK

It is hard to say for certain how I might have reacted when I was younger and more ignorant. I can say that if one of my children's teachers had a sex change operation and then came back to teach, I would be very supportive. I'm probably more open-minded than most, and I think I would probably go out of my way to be kind to and supportive of this teacher.

If I were back in high school now, knowing what I know now (oh, how I wish!), I would also be supportive of this teacher, even if it caused me to be ostracized by the other students. If I were in high school now, knowing only what I knew then, I will admit that I would find it difficult to be openly supportive in the face of the criticism of the student population. I would have tried, but I don't know how much I would have been able to take.  I can say with total honesty though, that I would have been at least privately supportive.

Sapphire, 31
Ft. Lauderdale
, FL  USA

Oh I'd probably stare a little, mostly out of curiosity...I don't think I'd be put off by it though....even at my high school age. (ps I saw the show too!)

Fisch, 45
Preston
, CT   USA

Since I am going into high school me and my friends would makes smart-ass jokes about the deal and randomly but oviously laughing in front of him err... her...ahh...it.

Blaid, 14
Staten Island
, NY  USA

Honestly, I have no idea. I know I wouldnt react negatively. But I dont know what my initial reaction would be. Depends on the teacher probably.

Ry, 23

I would be interested to see how they were in the opposite sex.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick
, NJ  USA

I went to high school in the 50s and then if this scenario happened, I wouldn't care and I don't think most kids would but our parents sure might. Don't forget - that was when people were against rock'n'roll. They (parents) seemed to feel that anything that wasn't 100% pure was going to

Reba, 51
Rockville
MD   USA

I would be wierded out, that's for sure. Particularly if it was a teacher i was very fond of. But i'm sure that I would get over it in time.

Talia, 23
Wilton
, CT   USA

vIt really depends a great deal on the teacher, I would think. For the most part, I would be really shocked and--though this is sort of mean of me--kinda amused too. Generally, though, I would probably get over it. This probably wouldn't happen where I live, though--if someone did have a sex change in this town, they would probably somehow be kept from teaching... it's ultra-conservative like that. Heck, if a teacher simply admitted to being gay

Johanna, 18
OK  USA

In highschool I would have thought it was really kinky and asked a billion questions. Oh, and probably wouldn't let that teacher EVER forget they used to be another gender.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

I'd be very amused, for one thing. The high school I went to was all about conformity and popularity. I enjoyed making them squirm, and I would have to applaud any teacher who would dare try it.

K. Lampe, 20
IA  USA

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