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A Portland Substitute Teacher Was Suspended For Showing A Frida Kahlo Documentary

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Frida Kahlo was no stranger to controversy during her heyday — and she STILL continues to make waves. This time she had help from a substitute teacher for Portland Public Schools. The sub was recently suspended for teaching her class about Frida. Sounds harmless, right? Not according to some. Here’s what went down:

An unnamed substitute teacher was suspended without pay after showing a high school class a documentary about Frida Kahlo.

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Like, what the hell?

The documentary in question was “The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo,” which is available on YouTube.


READ: 10 Frida Kahlo Paintings That Don’t Get Enough Love

PBS created the documentary with the intention of it being taught in schools. There’s even an official educational guide on the PBS site. According to Willamette Weekly, the students in the class were in a program for those in “federal immigration limbo.”

According to a Facebook post by Portland Teacher Association President Gwen Sullivan, a school administrator believed Frida’s paintings “were too violent and sexual.”

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There were no students younger than 13 years old in the class, but an administrator still deemed the content too explicit.

Sullivan changed her Facebook profile picture to Frida Kahlo in a show of solidarity with the teacher who faced the suspension.

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“I’m changing my profile picture until one of our teachers is taking off unpaid administrative leave for showing high school students a documentary on Frida Kahlo,” Sullivan wrote when she posted the photo.

READ: Why is Frida Kahlo 7 Feet Tall?

People made enough noise that the unidentified teacher was reinstated. She is also receiving back pay for the days she was suspended without pay. #SiSePuede

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“After an administrator deemed the documentary too controversial, the District took this educator off the substitute list, which is the equivalent to being placed on administrative leave without pay,” Jennifer Lewis, an acquaintance of Sullivan, posted to Facebook as a follow up. “This teacher has been a respected substitute teacher in our district for 19 years, and what the District did is just flat out wrong! I’m happy to report that as of this afternoon this person has been added back to the substitute list pending the investigation, at this time I can’t fully disclose the details but if I could, I know you’d be outraged.”

You can watch the documentary that caused such a problem below!

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A Complete List Of Voicemails We've Received From Mom


A Complete List Of Voicemails We’ve Received From Mom

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Moms are pretty great at everything, but there is one thing they haven’t mastered… The craft of leaving voicemails.

It always starts with an introduction… As if we didn’t know what our parents sound like.

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There’s this thing called Caller ID. Mom, you should really give it a try.

Or sometimes they skip the intro and get straight to the point.

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“Leave a message after the beep” is just a suggestion to them.

Sadly, they think a voicemail works like an answering machine. Remember those?

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No, I can’t hear you when you leave a message…thankfully.

Others le entran a la plática by themselves.

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Jumped to a conclusion real fast.

The most WTF moment happens when she says she can’t remember why she called.

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The voicemails was less than 10 seconds ago. How did you forget??

READ: Latina Writes Letter About Tampons To Her Mom – And It’s Hilarious

Or when she has a mini asthma attack on the phone.

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Kind of cute, kind of alarming. We’re getting that checked.

Because nothing makes me want to call a person back than slow, deep, creepy breathing on the other line.

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No thanks.

But it’s so cute when you hear their accents ☺️.

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A voicemail that only you would understand.

But this isn’t exclusive to Latina moms. Dads are the same way.

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The Latina mom syndrome is contagious.

Warning: Don’t let them catch you liking a photo before returning their call.

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You don’t know how to change the batteries on the remote, but somehow you know when I’m online? How, mom? HOW?!

Because they’ll respond like this:

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But if I curse, it’s the end of the world.

Regardless how furious they are, it ends on a sweet note ?.

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It’s an emotional rollercoaster.

READ: 13 Things Your Latina Mom Will Never Say

But really tho, who leaves voicemails these days??

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Some of them will do all of these and STILL leave a voicemail just in case I missed the other 9876876 notifications.

Check out other voicemails we’ve gotten from mom.

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Emmanuel, if you’re reading, please do as Cindy says:

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She’s worried.

Share if you’ve received voicemails like this from your mom.