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Teacher Files Lawsuit After Being Fired for Using the Wrong Pronoun

In this day and age, gender identity has become a rather significant and widely discussed issue. However, that doesn’t mean it should take precedence over our legal or religious freedoms and rights. And one teacher in Virginia is fighting to prove this.

In December of 2018, Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at West Point High School, was fired for saying the wrong pronoun when referring to a female student who had recently begun to identify as a male. Vlaming told both the district and CNN that, according to his religious beliefs, he could not refer to the student as male in “good conscience.”

The lawsuit filed against the district states, “Mr. Vlaming’s conscience and religious practice prohibit him from intentionally lying, and he sincerely believes that referring to a female as a male by using an objectively male pronoun is telling a lie.”

While he does claim to use the student’s new male name and avoid all gender-specific pronouns such as him/her and he/she altogether, this apparently was not good enough either for the school district or the student, who demanded that Vlaming “respect who I am.”

As Vlaming said on Fox News last year, “I use the new name, I avoided feminine pronouns, but male pronouns were a bridge too far. But I did everything in my power to accommodate and show respect towards this student and this student’s choices.”

The situation came to a head one day while engaging the class in a virtual reality exercise. The student in question was walking in a particular direction and headed straight for a wall. Mr. Vlaming obviously wanted to prevent the student from running into the said wall and, therefore, advised the students, saying, “Don’t let her hit the wall.”

According to the suit, the student waited until after the class ended to speak to Vlaming about his mistake, during which time the student said, “Mr. Vlaming, you may have your religion, but you need to respect who I am.”

Vlaming insists that the use of the female pronoun was unintentional and was not meant to offend the student. He said that in the heat of the moment, he merely reacted. And apparently, wrongly.

However, he doesn’t believe that he should have been fired over the issue.

He told the school board, “My religious faith dictates that I am to love and respect everyone, whether I agree with them or not. Because we are made in God’s image.” However, this did little to sway them.

They voted unanimously 5-0 that Vlaming should be fired for “intolerance,” which we find ironic based on the violations of his religious freedoms. They said, “We do not and cannot tolerate discrimination in any form, or actions that create a hostile environment or any member of our school family.”

And they continued, saying, “West Point Public Schools’ primary focus is on the students, staff, and instruction. We will continue to direct our energy toward maintaining a high-quality learning environment in our schools.”

And so a lawsuit has now been filed against the school district. According to CNN, “The former teacher is now suing the school district officials, saying they breached his contract and discriminated against him, violating his right to speak freely and his religious freedom.”

“He is seeking $500,000 in lost wages ad benefits, plus $500,000 for loss reputation, pain, suffering, and emotional distress. He is asking to get his job back or another position at equal or higher pay.”

Tyson Langhofer, director of the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Center for Academic Freedom, says, “This is just about a pronoun; it’s about what that pronoun means. This was never about anything Peter said or did; only about what the school was demanding he says. Nobody should be forced to contradict his core beliefs just to keep a job.”

Gender identity is significant, and we should respect others as much as we possibly can, but that shouldn’t mean that we have to sacrifice our values and religious beliefs just to keep someone happy. The simple fact is that you can’t make everyone else happy. And sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it’s just not going to happen. You’ll run yourself into an early grave trying to do so.

The question is: What is more important? You living out your personal and religious convictions, or giving up to make someone else who doesn’t respect you for you happy?

Peter made the right choice.

Comments (86)

  1. This shit has got to stop.

  2. This nonsense needs to stop. That teacher should have never been fired and students should be required to go by their biological sex and not what they want to be. It’s too confusing to both other students and adults alike. They are what they are and nothing can change that including surgery. You will always be what you were born as. This is a infringement on the teacher’s freedom of religion which is guaranteed in the constitution.

  3. All this men want to be women and women want to be men, is pure nonsense!!!

    This is a Mental Illness that needs help.
    I do not want to hear about how they feel, blah blah blah.
    It’s also a trend to try as something new. Go buy a dress or new jeans. There’s your something hew.

    God doesn’t make mistakes.
    DNA Never LIES.
    No matter what you add or, take away, you’re what you were born, no matter what you say.

  4. Why would anyone and a teacher in particular have to single out a student and say that in order to proselytize her beliefs that do not belong in the classroom.

    Is this a Russian media release?

  5. Gone to far the teacher didn’t call the student a fag,queer,homo, licking lizzie,muff driver. School system went to far in firing the teacher. From what I read the countries at a shortage for teachers. Instead of cutting them off at the knees they should be patting them on their backs. Teachers has feelings too.

  6. Don’t give into the morally corrupt minority

  7. Terry. The supposed transgender person has an obvious mental problem and the school is causing it to get worse. I hope the teacher wins the law suit

  8. Our country is going to the dogs. No, it already belongs to the dogs. We are changing our values to please people of a one gender who want to be called another gender. Good teachers and others in our society are losing their livelihoods for complete and utter nonsense. Stop this or you will suffer the consequences that all Nations have when going against the values of their religious beliefs. Vote Republican in 2020 or lose your freedom and your country.

  9. This is so rediculous!!! WHEN IS
    THIS CRAPT GOING TO STOP.
    A PRONOUN CAUSES A TEACHER TO LOSE HIS JOB
    WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR FREEDOM IN THID COUNTRY.
    When these socialist democrats
    Get their way, this country wilnever be the same…
    VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!!

  10. The teacher showed she/he respect but reacted in the moment. It’s not like he used the N-word which should never be in our lexicon. How about she/he show the teacher respect? Of course, always stand up for your religious beliefs if they do not harm another but this is not a case of belief, merely a case of trying to prevent harm coming to another. This nonsense of “If you don’t see everything the way I want you to you are deserving of severe punishment” is what is causing people to criticize this so called movement. Take a break already and show some respect to everyone as this teacher was trying to do.

  11. I would FIRE the 5 individuals on the board who voted 5 to 0 to remove the teacher if I was sitting on the jury snf find each and every one liable for the $500,000 the teacher is suing for. The reason for the verdict is FAILURE to do their job representing the wishes of the majority and wrongfull termination with malice!!

  12. If this student identifies as a male… good. That means I would be able to punch HIS lights out and I wouldn’t be hitting a female. 🙂

  13. Yes, he made the right choice!
    Hebrews 3:14

    For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,

  14. Whenever it comes up in my life, I refer to the “sexually diverse, or confused “ crowd I refer to them as WXYZ s.

  15. I hope and pray that Mr. Vlaming wins the lawsuit. It’s not about money, but about reputation and respect. He did noting wrong. Fight On!

    • I totally agree with you.

    • I agree! Taking the rights away from one to respect another is not the way to go. Certainly the gender change by this student should be handled with respect, but to fire a teacher for showing the only type respect that his religious conscious allows is not a just decision! The people who make the decision to change their gender should be prepared to defend their choice and not use it as a crutch to feel better.

    • Since the ‘subject’ is not a male, and does not wish to be a female, ‘IT’ is in limbo. The teacher should probably just have called out.”HEY YOU watch the wall.”

  16. He should sue the school for millions, they are incourageing religious discrimination.

  17. I am for freedom, but when it causes a teacher to get fired for referring to a female person as “SHE” things have gone too far.
    The rights of the transgenders have exceeded the natural balance of things.

  18. the world has become insane, and

    the world has become insane, and America is the head asylum. he/she, it/twit…when this so-called transgender becomes a full-fledged male…penis and all the trimmings that go with it…then by all means it will have the right to be called male…until then lets just call…”WHATEVER”, “HEY YOU”, watch out for the wall….oh..that was nasty!!! pay the teacher his wages plus pain and suffering, give him his job back and reflect on what you dolts are doing to make America the laughing stock of a one great country…..you FOOLS!!!!

  19. the world has become insane, and America is the head asylum. he/she, it/twit…when this so-called transgender becomes a full-fledged male…penis and all the trimmings that go with it…then by all means it will have the right to be called male…until then lets just call…”WHATEVER”, “HEY YOU”, watch out for the wall….oh..that was nasty!!! pay the teacher his wages plus pain and suffering, give him his job back and reflect on what you dolts are doing to make America the laughing stock of a one great country…..you FOOLS!!!!

    • Actually that won’t be enough, either, as that pesky little xx will still be hiding in his/her jeans/genes.

      Simply put – if there’s a “Y” hanging out in between the legs, go to the Men’s” room. Otherwise, it’s the Ladies’ room for ya, sweetie.

    • Slow down, just because a quack doctor can pin a penis on this person doesn’t make the person a man. Now if after the penis is attached & the whatever you call the person is able to create a child by having normal intercourse with a female, then the World can refer to this person with its new, great, best, tremendous new penis as a man. But only after it has produced a child as a normal man does with a normal female in normal healthy sexual relationships.

  20. I agree completely. He was wrongfully fired. The world is getting crazier by the second. It is time for people to speak truth and not lies. These kids are being misled.

  21. The teacher is right. As long as he referred to her by her new name and avoided the pronouns her or she, he is showing enough respect for her choice.

  22. So if you have a class of say 50 students all wanting to be called differently, this will cause havoc. Especially since they can change their mind at any given time. This PC crap has got to stop there is only two sexes. If it’s in doubt , here is a solution.
    Put all males on one island, all females on another , thousands of miles apart, with NO
    Means of getting to the other. After one generation…..problem solved. Same sex cannot reproduce…….other than some species in animal and Plant world that are A sexual.

  23. Hope He wins both Lawsuits since DNA reveals your Gender and that don’t change.

  24. Its so confusing trying to tell who is WHAT. Maybe they should have to wear a sign stating …’I am a male/female’ or whatever. To fire a good teacher who was just trying to keep this ‘person’ from injuring him/herself is unbelieveable. Guess they would have fired him if he had allowed him/her to run into the wall. Hope he gets a large amount from them!!

  25. scumbag school administrators ………. he should scare the $hit out of them and sue them for $100 Million and bankrupt the school system. His first Amendment rights WERE violated …………

  26. hope he sues their butt off and wins big

  27. iN MY OPINION, THIS GENDER FARCE HAS GONE TOO FAR.
    iF YOU ARE BORN A FEMALE, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A FEMALE, SO STOP CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD BECAUSE YOU ARE DERANGED, INSECURE AND A MENTAL MIDGET.
    YOU CAN CHANGE, BUT PLEASE DON’T ASK US TO ACCEPT IT.
    gOD MADE YOU INTO A PERSON, AND WE DON’ REALLY CARE IF YOU NEED ALL OF THIS ATTENTION, SO PLEASE DON’T ASK FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT JUST BECASUE YOU ARE ” CONFUSED ” WE ARE NOT CONFUSED, WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE!

  28. We have hordes of students who can not read, write, do basic math or even count back simple change without a device telling them how much to give….. But, we have to focus on some kid who has decided to change their God given identities and make sure the right pronoun is used. Anyone see the insanity?

  29. These $%^&* are ALL sick. Dr. Mc Hugh of John Hopkins says so and he gives speeches on this . He also says, whoever is “helping” them, is actually NOT helping.

  30. I am sick and tired of all this gender diversity bullshit. You are either a male or a female. If you want to be something else fine. Put a sign around your neck so that you can be identified as to what you want to be. This diversity bullshit infringes on all my rights under the Constitution!

  31. I say THEY or can I get in trouble for that?Push comes to shove, I will stop speaking to anyone with alternative gender choices. Problem solved. It is absolutely disturbing. THEY WERE about to hit a wall. He reacted as someone should. Next time let they hit the wall or fall down the steps etc. Then the school district and student will bit*h about that I’m sure.

  32. And the following question might come to mind. How is one to determine how, on any particular day, some individual might opt to consider themselves, mind reading not being a particularly common human capability.

  33. This issue is a “nothingness”, load of BS! A person is entitled to call themselves anything they want,
    but there is no rational obligation for anyone else to join in that demented obligation to follow suit!
    What is truly insane is that the school district , our educators chooses to embrace that delusion too.

  34. This BS is way out of hand, you are what you was born as, if unhappy about that go jump in the lake.

  35. I AM SICK and TIRED OF THESE LITTLE QUEERS WHO CANNOT DECIDE WHAT SEX THEY WANT TO BE; DISRUPTING CLASSES and DEMANDING THAT TEACHERS “PLAY THEIR SILLY ASSED GAME”. I AM PAYING TAXES TO SEE THAT THESE EXCELLENT TEACHERS ARE PAID A LIVING WAGE; and NOT, REPEAT, NOT HAVING TO WASTE THEIR VALUABLE TIME BEING SURE TO “PROPERLY ADDRESS A ‘CHILD’ WHO CANNOT DECIDE “WHAT SEX I WANT TO BE TODAY?” THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

  36. Have we allowed this stupidity to reach the point where we simply asign Numbers to children in school, like cattle?

  37. This has to stop! One can only imagine what’s really happening in our country that is truly dividing us! You can t say him or her etc. it’s disgusting! I want to be called Fido because I want to identify as a dog! What the hell is going on? People are trying to destroy us from the inside!

  38. I agree completely. He was wrongfully fired. The world is getting crazier by the second. It is time for people to speak truth and not lies. These kids are being misled.

  39. They are teaching kids that they have the right to ruin someone’s career just by hassling them with detail of what they choose to be for that day. Maybe all teachers should start referring to the “children” as “Its”. So sad. So confusing. So, he should have said, Oh, please stop “it” from hitting the wall. If the it’s hit the wall, too bad.

  40. He should not be fired. He was trying to protect her/him. A lot of times when you speak in haste to protect a person, you can use the wrong word. without even thinking about it. He sounds like a good teacher & man, and I hope he wins both of his lawsuits.

  41. I glad. The student want’s respect but gives none! Screw her! Sue for as much you can get. This madness needs to end!

  42. These RAT’S get weirder every day. They want a population reduction. LET IT BEGIN. With THEM. I have more then enough RAT poison to go around. In all sorts of flavors.

  43. I hope that he wins a measurable amount of money from this school district, and regardless of promises/compromises made, moves on to a respectable school district.

  44. I am not sure where it states in the Constitution of the United States of America that you are entitled to your delusion that you can change your sex by simply willing it to be, I will grant that you have that right. That being said I have the right to Not indulge that delusion. If you put on a dress as and consider yourself to be a Female even though you have a penis or if you dress as and consider yourself a Male even though you have a uterus that is in fact your right. I have the very same right to Not be obligated by your decision and not be complicent in that fantisy. The proble is not in what is between your legs, the problem is with what is in between your ears. If these statements hurts your feelings, you will just have to live with that hurt because, unless I am very much mistaken there is nothing in the Constitution nor the Delecaration of Independence and garuntees that your feelings will never be hurt. In the words of an unknown philosopher”Suck it up buttercup”.

  45. Hopefully some light will be shed on the child abuse that is rampant in the schools; abuse that allows and encourages gender changes and punishes parents if they don’t agree to the abuse that will cause permanent physical damages, sterility and mutilations of these children.

  46. It is easier to tell the sex, of a sardine. Just need to watch which can they come out of..

  47. As, I believe, an average adult American Citizen and parent, I try to be tolerant of homosexuals and transgenders. This, is despite the fact that I personally believe that those individuals should be institutionalized to protect them, as well as, our children and grandchildren! To me, the homosexuals and transgenders are mentally deficient and are in need of professional help.

    I’m from the ” Old World “, I still call a spade a spade, a woman a woman and a man a man! If all that I read in this article is true, I don’t believe that Mr. Vlaming should have been fired. This is just another example of the cowardice of our society to defend itself against the few that challenge the majority! Instead of firing our teachers that are doing their best to teach in a ridiculously insane environment, we should be commending them for their actions above and beyond the call of duty!!!!

  48. you can’t get any dumber than a Democrat or a person who does not know what sex they are.

  49. it seems that the smarter the world gets the stupider some folks get or maybe they just want to get their name in the news, i wonder how proud her parents are about their ? child . I AGREE WITH A FORMER COPMMENT , THESE CONFUSED PERSONS SHOULD HAVE TO WEAR A TUREN AROUND SIGN WITH SHE ON ONE SIDE AND HE ON THE OTHER. OF COURSE THIS WOULD MAKE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE SO THE TEACHER WOULD BE IN DEEP DOO DOO AGAIN. GOD SAVE AMERICA FROM DEMO-RATS AND WINGNUTS.

  50. You preced by HEY! is a good pronoun. Very genderless. So are that, they, them, those, ye and a couple of others

  51. Mother Nature dictates the proper pro nouns, not the government, laws or anyone else

  52. I agree sex is determined at conception and cannot be changed. Transgender “females” cannot have children as they are MALES . the same goes for Transgender “males” they cannot fertilize with sperm of their own . This Idiocy has gone to “political” Insanity to cater for votes . These so called teachers that are brainwashing our children with these Untruths should be fired and their retirements taken away! stop the INSANITY!!

  53. He made the right choice for his self-respect & will win the suit.

  54. When SHE completes HER transition to a MALE then we will call HER HIM. The world is going NUTS.

  55. MANY OF US AMERICANS HAVE HAD IT SO GOOD FOR SO LONG THAT COMMON SENSE HAVE BECOME UNCOMMON !

    I HOPE THAT THIS TEACHER PREVAILS AND GET A JUDGEMENT SO LARGE THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HAVE TO

    HOLD BAKE SALES TO COMPENSATE HIM. MANY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS THAT I HAVE MET HERE IN

    CALIFORNIA WERE NOT ONE OF THE SHARPER KNIVES IN THE DRAWER.

  56. If she wants to be a he, I suggest he grows a pair and get over it!

  57. Is IT the proper Pronoun?
    WORD ORIGIN|IDIOMS
    IT – pronoun, nominative it, possessive its or (Obsolete or Dialect) it, objective it; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
    1-(used to represent an inanimate thing understood, previously mentioned, about to be mentioned, or present in the immediate context):
    2-(used to represent a person or animal understood, previously mentioned, or about to be mentioned whose gender is unknown or disregarded):

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