California high school teacher announces shocking gender transformation
Gary Sconce, 56 plans to return from Spring Break as a woman named Karen Adell Scot.
A longtime high school teacher shocked students and faculty when he recently announced that he would be returning from spring break a new man.
Gary Sconce is coming back to school a woman.
The 56-year-old married man, who has been teaching science and multimedia at Yosemite High School for 24-years, announced to the entire student body that he was capping a dramatic transformation to become Karen Adell Scot, according to reports.
Sconce detailed in a letter home to parents on March 19 the trials and tribulations of being a “false, phony male” who used military service and martial arts to disguise his feminine side.
“I covered the female inside with hyper-masculine behavior, trying to provide I was not the woman inside I actually was,” Sconce wrote. “I will be legally changing my name and after finishing my course of teaching at Yosemite for a while longer, then will retire as a mature woman.”
Sconce has notched an impressive 30-year career as an award-winning educator.
The former sheriff deputy helped found the Yosemite High's Cadet Corps, a student military drill group, according to the Fresno Bee.
Sconce’s amazing metamorphosis set off a firestorm among some outraged parents and faculty, who argued that Sconce’s decision should negate his contract with the school, since it was inked by a man.
“I see this as an assault on the minds and morals of our children. It blurs the lines of what is right and wrong,” Oakhurst woman Kathi Bales wrote in a scathing op-ed to the Sierra Star, which broke the news about Sconce’s gender swap.
The school district has vowed to defend Scot’s legally protected rights of gender expression and identity, which includes transgendered and transsexual persons.
Sconce’s teaching assignments will remain the same and the school has enlisted counselors to field questions from parents and students.
“This is a unique situation, one that challenges traditional ideas, philosophies and belief systems for many people,” Principal Randy Seals told the Star.
Some parents haven’t waited until Mr. Sconce becomes Ms. Scot to make up their minds.
“Some parents are pulling their kids out of classes and things like that and some of the staff is uncomfortable, which I don't understand because if you work with someone that long, they're not a different person, they're the same person just a different gender now,” student Natalie Choin told KFSN.
The decision has brought his 35-year marriage to an end and left Sconce ostracized at his church and among many of his closest friends.
But the soon-to-be woman likened the experience to giving birth — painful, but hopefully with a wonderful reward at the end.
"You're getting all squeezed and compressed and it hurts badly, but you know there's light at the end of the tunnel," Sconce told the Fresno Bee. "There has to be."