A Christian teacher has been fired from his position at a Virginia public high school because he refused to refer to a trans-identified student by using male pronouns even though the student is female.
West Point High School French teacher Peter Vlaming, who said that using the chosen pronouns violated his conscience, was fired in a unanimous decision Thursday by the school board.
Superintendent Laura Abel said in a statement released Thursday that Vlaming was engaging in discrimination by not using the pronouns.
“That discrimination then leads to creating a hostile learning environment. And the student had expressed that. The parent had expressed that,” stated Abel, as reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Vlaming’s attorney, Shawn Voyles, told the Times-Dispatch that the school system was not respecting the constitutional rights of his client.
“One of those rights that is not curtailed is to be free from being compelled to speak something that violates your conscience,” said Voyles.
Recently, Vlaming was placed on paid administrative leave for noncompliance. While he agreed to use the student’s chosen name, he drew the line at pronouns.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski