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Transgender students speak out about Teacher Suspended for Bullying Them

Angel Villanueva
Angel Villanueva

Angel Villanueva was suspended from his teaching position at East Lee County High because an investigation found the teacher tried forcing his religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation and gender identity on his students.

NBC reports that Matthew Garza and Kyle Goffena both identify as transgender and were sophomores in Villanueva’s JROTC class last year. They said Villanueva made it clear at the beginning of the school year that he was against anyone who identified as gay and lesbian, as it did not agree with his religion. Those were comments Garza and Goffena expected from a schoolyard bully, not their teacher.

“He would say that we were an abomination. That we were going to end the world,” Garza said. One day Villanueva stopped Garza in the hallway to hand her something. “He tried offering me a book called Gay No More.” WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. In my experience this can be quite common behaviour from teachers, not just with religious views, but also political. They should keep their personal beliefs to themselves and do what they are paid to, which is educate.


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