Teacher fired for not using trans student's pronouns sues school division


Then, on October 31, 2018, his second-year French students wore virtual-reality goggles and walked around the classroom. The transgender scholar appeared about to crash when the instructor instructed one other scholar to assist their classmate.

During a class exercise involving virtual reality goggles, on October 31, 2018, however, the teacher observed that the student was about to walk into a wall and called out, "Don't let her walk into a wall!"

Vlaming, meanwhile, said in a statement he was upset by the school's handling of the situation.

The school board unanimously voted to sack Mr Vlaming at a packed five-hour meeting in December.

After Vlaming was sacked, Laura Abel, the school superintendent in West Point, said, "Discrimination... leads to creating a hostile learning environment".

Vlaming's authorized battle started in the summertime of 2018, after the scholar at his rural highschool, about 40 miles east of Richmond, got here out as transgender. Last fall, a professor at Shawnee State University in OH said he was "formally charged" for his opposition.

He is seeking $1 million in damages.

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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. The student spoke with Vlaming and asked him to use her preferred name and male pronouns.

West Point High School in Virginia.

Though the college district had no written policy about use of most smartly-preferred pronouns for transgender students, ADF noted Vlaming used to be directed to live "warding off the usage of male pronouns" to consult the pupil, even when the pupil wasn't reward. In his French class, he always calls his students by the name they choose.

A spokesperson for West Point Schools told The Washington Post it denied any wrongdoing and would "vigorously defend" the claim. The next day, he was suspended.

The Assistant Principal also made it clear to him that his personal religious belief ends at the school's door.

"That discrimination then leads to creating a hostile learning environment". And the student had expressed that.

He had told superiors at West Point High School that his religion prevented him from using male pronouns for a student who had informed the school of his transition during the summer. But the school board disagreed. Some students also staged a walkout in support of Vlaming, WWBT reported. "Women are women", the TV station reported.

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Vlaming filed his match in state court docket on Monday, according to CBS News Richmond affiliate WTVR.

Peter Vlaming is fighting against the school board after he lost his job.

Multiple local LGBTQ and civil-rights groups declined or did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

The ADF's vice president and senior counsel, Jeremy Tedesco, disputed that classification, calling the SPLC "discredited and unreliable" in a statement sent to The Post.

"The school board didn't care how well Peter treated this student", said Caleb Dalton. "It was on a crusade to compel conformity".

For the school and for the student's family, however, it comes down to a matter of respect - and of following instructions.

Vlaming's lawsuit, which additionally seeks an injunction in opposition to college officers for punishing academics who check with college students based mostly on their "biological sex", comes amid ideological and authorized battles surrounding gender identification, faith and anti-discrimination insurance policies.

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The student later confronted Vlaming, telling him, "You may have your religion, but you need to respect who I am".