Hattie Grimm, an art teacher at Brookfield Central High School in Wisconsin, is in hot water after a link in her professional email signature was revealed to redirect to an LGBT site that included an online sex toy emporium.
According to the Daily Caller, the site in question was for the LGBT Life Center, which is an advocacy group that primarily serves Americans living with HIV/AIDS. However, the site also includes an “Understanding Pronouns” guide — which is what Grimm specifically had linked — as well as resources relating to hormone therapy — and yes, sex toys.
Several parents who spoke to the Caller noted that Grimm’s email signature is a blatant violation of district policy. More specifically, the district stipulates that “at no time can staff members use technology resources to use, access, store or transmit inappropriate content.” It appears that many parents and area residents appear to consider hormone therapy and sex toys to be inappropriate content.
“How does a ceramics teacher think that hotlinking her signature to explicit sex sites is appropriate for students at Brookfield Central High School,” a concerned taxpayer lamented to Vicki McKenna, a Wisconsin-based radio personality. “What does any of this have to do with ceramics…what the hell is going on at Brookfield HS?’
This is not the first time that Brookfield has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The Daily Wire noted that back in March 2021, the school came under fire after a 10th-grade health class distributed an extremely graphic sex survey. The results of that survey were collected and discussed in real time. Some of the questions included:
“I have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs while having sexual intercourse.”
“I have had sexual intercourse with four or more people.”
“I have had unprotected vaginal sex.”
“I have participated in oral or anal sex.”
Grimm also seems to have a history of attaching political activism to her teaching. A commenter on a Libs of TikTok tweet posted screenshots of what appears to be Grimm (whose account has since been deleted) retweeting some rather colorful words about former President Donald Trump. In addition, Grimm’s personal Instagram account (which has since gone private), frequently posted photos of her students’ artwork, which normally included a message about anti-racism or climate change.
Neither the school nor the district has issued a formal comment at this time (though the district has claimed that the link no longer works). Grimm is still listed in Brookfield’s staff directory.