He? She? Whatever!

Parents complained when a teacher switched sex. But when she lost her job, the kids raised a ruckus

As on any other autumn afternoon, the yellow-helmeted Cougars doused their faces in the water fountain and strolled onto the football field for practice. But the sideline chatter at this suburban campus outside Sacramento, Calif., was anything but casual. Over the summer Center High School's onetime journalism teacher, baseball coach and enthusiastic gridiron announcer had changed from David Warfield to Dana Rivers--and lost her job as a result. Even the jocks were in shock. "He? She? Whatever!" said Fidel Ramos, a hefty linebacker. "They shouldn't fire her." Sophomore Kevin Owen agreed: "It's not his fault he has a disease." And Gentry...

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