A Virginia teacher is fighting back after being fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s ‘preferred pronouns’.
French Teacher Peter Vlaming has filed a lawsuit against the school district accusing the West Point School Bard of violating his free speech. Vlaming refused to use the male pronoun when addressing a student who was transitioning from female to male. School administrators gave him an ultimatum to either use the male pronoun when addressing the student or be fired.
ABC News reports that Vlaming’s lawsuit cited his religious beliefs and that calling the female a male would have violated his “conscience”:
“Defendants made up an uncompromising interpretation of their policies to compel Mr. Vlaming to take sides in an ongoing public debate regarding gender dysphoria and use pronouns that express an objectively untrue ideological message,” the lawsuit says. “Mr. Vlaming’s conscience and religious practice prohibits him from intentionally lying, and he sincerely believes that referring to a female student as a male by using an objectively male pronoun is telling a lie.
The video below is from when Vlaming was originally fired in 2018:
Vlaming is seeking $1 miliion in damages.