Apocalypse Noun: Teacher Suspended over Gender Spat

Dec 8, 2018 by

by Tony Perkins, FRC:

Can three letters cost you your job? They can if they’re “s-h-e.”
That’s the unbelievable dilemma playing out in a Richmond-area school.
When French teacher Peter Vlaming refused to use a male pronoun for a
female student, administrators gave him a choice: lie or lose your job.

Playing pretend used to be for kids. Now, it’s a condition of employment! For Vlaming, whose story
shows just how far off the rails society is, started getting national
attention this week ahead of his hearing. Like a lot of professionals,
Vlaming knew the debate over these transgender issues was fierce. What
he didn’t know is that one day it could decide his career.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening to the popular
teacher, who was put on administrative leave in Virginia after a
biological girl asked him to use male pronouns when he addressed her.
Vlaming was willing to compromise, telling West Point High School
officials that he would use the student’s preferred name but couldn’t —
in good conscience — refer to her as “he.” “I was informed that any
further instances of using female pronouns would be grounds for
termination.”

Today, Vlaming had the chance to present his case to a school he’s
served for seven years. In a wise move, he requested a public hearing so
that there would be some transparency about the district’s agenda and
any personnel decisions. So far, the support for Vlaming has been
overwhelming. Students, parents, and local community leaders all
launched a petition called, “Don’t terminate Mr. Vlaming,” which has
more than 1,100 signatures. Other students are taking a more proactive
approach, hanging signs all over the school that say things like
“#Justice for Vlaming,” “Mr. Vlaming is innocent,” and “Facts don’t care
about your feelings.”

One junior, Forrest Rohde, is in disbelief. “I see this stuff on the news far away from here, but when it hits close to home and someone’s free speech is being violated, I have to step in and say something about it.” Like the rest of the student body, Rohde is getting quite an education in LGBT activism. “He’s a really nice guy… [and] he really does care about his students. The thing he will not do is change his ways of thoughts and believing in things just to conform to someone else’s ideologies.”

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