On March 24, a transgender teacher at Fox Chapel Middle School in Hernando County, Florida, was reported to law enforcement for making alarming comments about harming themself and shooting their students. Parents are now speaking out in frustration after discovering that this teacher, who is clearly mentally ill, was allowed to continue teaching in the classroom as usual without informing the parents first.
Ashlee Renczkowski (formerly Alexander Renczkowski) is a biological male who is in the process of transitioning into a female.
Renczkowski teaches math for grades six through eight. His wife, Fawn, also works at the middle school, teaching science for sixth through eighth grade.
On the afternoon of March 24, Assistant Principal Kerry Thornton was visiting classrooms and walked into Renczkowski’s classroom to ask how he was doing. Renczkowski replied, “Not good,” and said he was “having bad thoughts.”
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Thornton had Renczkowski speak to Guidance Counselor Kimberly Walby. According to the sheriff’s report, “Ashlee walked to Kimberley’s office and started to explain that she learned about a social media post where people were talking negatively about Ashlee’s sexual orientation.”
“Ashlee is taking hormone medications and is planning on having surgery over the summer,” the report stated.
Also frustrated with the performance of some of her students, Renczkowski commented that “she wanted to shoot some students due to them not performing to their ability.”
According to Kimberley, Renczkowski “immediately stated that she would never harm a student”
Renczkowski, who owns three firearms, also told the guidance counselor “that she does experience suicidal thoughts,” and disclosed that “she experiences phases of depression and is on medication for the depression.”
Allegedly, Renczkowski said he would have a family member confiscate his three guns and ammunition for “safekeeping,” and agreed to a home check by a patrol deputy.
Despite the alarming comments made by the teacher, it was decided by law enforcement that he poses no imminent threat and was permitted to carry on teaching.
In a message sent to Fox Chapel parents, Principal Carmine Rufa excused Renczkowski’s shocking comments as “an expression of frustration at student behavior.
“While the teacher in question did make a comment to colleagues that was concerning, staff and law enforcement determined the comment was not an imminent threat to the campus, but was instead an expression of frustration at student behavior,” Rufa said.
Meanwhile, the school refused to disclose to the parents what Renczkowski actually said that led to police involvement.
Although the concerning threat directly involved the safety of their children, Superintendent John Stratton would not tell parents what the threat was. In fact, the parents were reportedly not even notified of the threat until 17 days later.
“I can’t share all the facts with you, but I can tell you I respect the sheriff’s department and his team and I respect my team and both of those groups who do this all the time I’ll remind you determined there was no an imminent threat,” said Stratton.
Frustrated parents reached out to FOX 13 with their concerns.
One parent, Aramis Rosario, said, “I just was very upset and furious at the fact that they would allow a teacher to still work here with students, knowing that she said that.”
Until Renczkowski is fired, Rosario does not feel safe sending his kids back to school with a mentally unstable teacher who threatened such violence – serious or not.