Target: Dick Elkins, President of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Board of Trustees
Goal: Praise investigation of school district that placed assistant principal on administrative leave over birth control-related medical emergency.
The assistant principal at Comanche Springs Elementary School, Kourtney Glaser, was forced to take administrative leave after a medical emergency. Glaser began to profusely bleed due to her birth control sticking to her uterine wall during a training meeting at school. After taking care of the issue, she wanted to return to work and continue as normal. However, the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District forced her to take administrative leave.
The school district claimed that the issue was due to Glaser having a panic attack, and decided to place her on administrative leave, due to her personal issues. However, Glaser could prove the incident by showing documentation from the hospital and the evidence that she had the IUD taken out. While on leave, she was also forbidden to go to the school campus and pick up or drop off her daughter at school.
Glaser is a respected member of the community, and this incident caused great uproar in the area. She was unnecessarily embarrassed and taken out of her rightful position. The issue was entirely out of her hands, and the school failed to recognize that. Many members of the community saw this as gender discrimination, and claimed that any type of medical emergency a man would have would not result in forced leave.
Thankfully, our voices at ForceChange.com were heard, and an investigation was conducted into the school district. Many members of the community claimed that the fault lies in the leadership of the school, and the principal was taken out of the school and placed on another assignment. The investigation was conducted on behalf of Glaser, and to prevent any other sexist issues from arising in the school.
Dear Mr. Dick Elkins,
Kourtney Glaser, the assistant principal at Comanche Springs Elementary School, was forced to take administrative leave after a medical emergency due to her birth control. She resolved the issue and was willing to immediately return to work, but was denied the opportunity.
Had a man had any type of medical emergency, he would likely not be put on administrative leave. These types of issues are rampant and common, and the investigation into this leadership and school system is helping to make sexism a priority.
Thank you for your efforts in this investigation. You have my full support to continue seeking justice for Glaser, and all women who are treated as less than equals in the workplace.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Khampha Bouaphanh