No, that’s not Ursula, the Sea Witch. It’s Kelly Hendrix, a Florida middle school teacher who was just suspended from her job for allegedly asking students if they were gay then threatening to get them in trouble if they told on her.
Four middle schoolers from Southside Middle School in Jacksonville, FL told school district investigators that Hendrix enjoyed picking on the kids in her class. There was one student in particular who she often targeted, calling him a “dumb ass,” “gay” and “retarded.”
The students said the science teacher would also ask them inappropriate questions, including “Are you gay?” and “How do you know you’re not attracted to the female body?”
But it didn’t stop there.
Hendrix also allegedly told the kids stories about the time she made out with and had sex with another teacher at the school. (Gross!) And once she went so far as to call a girl’s father to tell him she believed his daughter was a lesbian. (Seriously, who is this woman?!)
After investigating the case, school district officials suspended Hendrix for 15 days without pay. But the longtime teacher insists she has done absolutely nothing wrong. In fact, she was trying to protect the kids from bullying.
“I called the boy outside and I said to the boy, I said, ‘What’s going on?’ And he said, ‘Kids are calling me gay,’ and I looked at him and said, ‘Well, are you gay?’ And he said, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘Well why does that bother you?’” she told her local news station.
Hendrix also said she believes she is the victim of an elaborate vendetta plot cooked up by one her 12-year-old students who was upset with her.