A Watertown teacher who faced scrutiny after giving letters to students refuting their gender identities has resigned, school officials say.
Calvin Hillesland’s resignation was accepted by the Watertown School Board in Monday night’s meeting, according to school board president Tammy Rieber [staff, “Watertown Teacher Who Questioned Students’ Gender Identities in Letter Resigns,” KSFY, 2022.05.10].
Hillesland handed a letter to several students, on school grounds, on school time, telling them (1) transgender identity is a dangerous lie, (2) biology dictates identity, and (3) students need to pursue spiritual facts alongside scientific facts. Hillesland has spared his school board the trouble of disciplining him for violations of law and professional ethics.
But don’t cry for Cal, Argentina (which has a lot of German speakers)—Hillesland can find a job substitute-teaching in Lead-Deadwood, where he would find his rainbow-phobic views welcome. Or maybe Governor Kristi Noem will appoint Hillesland to replace another insufficiently conservative member of the state Board of Education.