Teacher Sues After Firing for Not Using Trans Kid's Pronoun

Teacher Sues After Firing for Not Using Trans Kid's Pronoun

Teacher Sues After Firing for Not Using Trans Kid's Pronoun

Before he was sacked, he told his superiors at West Point High School that his religion prevented him from referring to the student using male pronouns.

He's not the first teacher to receive some scrutiny for refusing to refer to a transgender student by their preferred pronouns: A math teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, faced reprimands from his principal in August for doing the same thing.

A teacher in Virginia fired over transgender student remarks, the teacher fires back with a lawsuit claiming it is an act of discrimination against his faith.

The suit also states that Vlaming was accused of using female pronouns when discussing the student to other people and during one incident in class, Vlaming referred to the student as "her". He said he was sacked because he avoided using pronouns all together when referring to the student, who was transitioning to male at the time.

That didn't satisfy school authorities, who demanded he use male pronouns to refer to the student in all situations, with the Assistant Principal telling him his "personal religious beliefs end at the school door".

"West Point Public Schools' primary focus is on students, staff, and instruction and we will continue to direct our energy toward maintaining a high-quality learning environment in our schools", the spokesperson said.

West Point is about 40 miles east of Richmond. The West Point School Board said it "denies any liability" and intends to "defend against any claims", according to a statement.

Vlaming worked with the district for seven years.

But the instructor, Peter Vlaming, did not comply, he said in a lawsuit.

"Mr. Vlaming was asked repeatedly, over several weeks and by multiple administrators, to address a student by the pronouns with which this student identifies".

"I'm totally happy to use the new name", Vlaming said.

"The issue before us was not one mistaken slip of the tongue", the college board stated in an announcement to WWBT.

School officials said the educator was insubordinate and failed to follow directives from administrators.

Superintendent Laura Abel mentioned Vlaming's scream amounted to "discrimination" that "then results in developing a adversarial finding out ambiance". "And the student had expressed that", Superintendent Laura Abel told the Richmond Times-Dispatch late past year. The parent had expressed that. Students at the school walked out in protest of his firing last December. "Some of the students held signs reading, "Men are men and women are women", You can't impose delusion onto us".

Now, Vlaming is suing the school board for breach of deal and for violating his legal rights under the Virginia Constitution and commonwealth law, according to his go well with. He is seeking $500,000 in lost wages and benefits, plus $500,000 for loss of reputation, pain, suffering and emotional distress.

Langhofer, senior counsel director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom, added, "This used to be below no circumstances about anything else Peter mentioned or did; entirely about what the college used to be demanding he lisp".

"The school board didn't care how well Peter treated this student", Dalton said. "No one needs to be compelled to contradict his core beliefs real to assign up a job". "If you have this privilege, yet fail to respect someone else's gender identity, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but also oppressive". "It is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender", its website says.

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