Virginia school board fires Christian teacher for refusing to use ‘transgender’ pronouns

The new tyranny in America.

Graham Moomaw reports for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 6, 2018, that the West Point High School in West Point, Virginia, fired French teacher Peter Vlaming for refusing to go along with the madness of ‘transgenderism’ by addressing a female 9th-grade student who imagines herself to be male with the Left-mandated “correct” male pronouns.

Note that FOTM‘s recounting of Moomaw’s report for the Richmond Times-Dispatch refers to the biologically-female student as “girl,” “she” and “her,” instead of “boy” and male pronouns employed by Moomaw, which is now mandated for journalists in America’s insane Left-dominated media.

Vlaming, 47, who had taught at the school for almost seven years after spending more than a decade in France, told his superiors his Christian faith prevented him from using male pronouns for a student he saw as female.

A year ago, the student was in Vlaming’s class, at which point, she had identified as female. Then, over the summer, the girl’s family informed the school system of her “transition” to being male. Vlaming agreed to use the student’s new, male name, but avoided using any pronouns — he or him, and she or her — when referring to the student in her presence. But Vlaming did use female pronouns to refer to the female student in conversations with others. According to “witnesses,” during a class activity on Halloween involving the use of a virtual reality headset, the student was about to run into a wall, and Vlaming told others to stop “her.”

In other words, the school relied on spies and informants.

The student said that Vlaming made her feel uncomfortable and singled out. And the school’s administrators sided with her. They recommended that Vlaming be fired for violating the school system’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies that were updated a year ago to include protections for gender identity.

West Point’s principal Jonathan Hochman said he had told Vlaming to use male pronouns in accordance with the student’s wishes, and hyperbolically condemned Vlaming’s refusal as “I can’t think of a worse way to treat a child than what was happening.” West Point schools Superintendent Laura Abel said that Vlaming’s gender “discrimination” created “a hostile learning environment” which made the student and her parents feel “disrespected.”

Although the school district’s attorney, Stacy Haney, justifies Vlaming’s firing on the basis of a school employee’s refusal to follow policies, Vlaming’s lawyer, Shawn Voyles, said the school district’s nondiscrimination and harassment policies contain no specific guidance on the use of gender pronouns, and that even as a public employee, Vlaming has constitutional rights of his own, specificially the right “to be free from being compelled to speak something that violates your conscience.”

Speaking in his own defense, Vlaming said he loves and respects all his students and had tried to reach a solution based on “mutual tolerance.” But the effort was rejected, which put him at risk of losing his job for having views held by “most of the world for most of human history.” Vlaming said, “That is not tolerance. That is coercion.”

Vlaming’s hearing drew an overflow crowd, made up largely of parents and students who support him. They describe Vlaming as a model teacher who does extra duty as a soccer coach and bus driver. They had brought to the hearing “Justice for Mr. Vlaming” signs, but school officials forebade the signs in the meeting room with the ridiculous excuse that the small room did not have space for the signs. So the signs were left in a stack outside the meeting room’s doors.

During the hearing, to highlight the pitfalls of rules against “misgendering,” Vlaming and his lawyer pointed out that school principal Hochman himself used the “wrong” pronoun for the student during his testimony. Describing his conversation with Vlaming after the incident on Halloween, Hochman testified that he told Vlaming: “You need to say sorry for that. And refer to her by the male pronoun.”

Despite the support from many students and parents, the school board chose to terminate Vlaming’s employment. Superintendent Abel released this brief statement after the vote: “As detailed during the course of the public hearing, Mr. Vlaming was recommended for termination due to his insubordination and repeated refusal to comply with directives made to him by multiple WPPS administrators.”

Vlaming has asked the School Board to reconsider their decision — the “absurdity” of punishing a teacher for discrimination on the basis of pronoun usage alone, with no accusation of overtly malicious behavior. He said, “I am being punished for what I haven’t said.”

Vlaming is considering a wrongful-termination lawsuit and is consulting with his attorney. He said: “I have to research how we would do that, what that would entail. I do think it’s a serious question of First Amendment rights.”

Contact information for your protests:

Jonathan Hochman
Principal, West Point High School
Phone: (804) 843-3630 x104
Email: jhochman@wpschools.net

Laura K. Abel
Superintendent, West Point Public Schools
Phone: (804) 843-4386
Email: label@wpschools.net

There is a petition asking Superintendent Abel to reinstate Vlaming. To sign, click here.

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Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Have to wonder why it is that all the other teachers are not standing up for Mr. Vlaming, to the point of walking out of their own classes until such nonsense is rectified. Poor example of “teachers” if they will not all take a proper and principled stand.

Andy
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Andy

I have no words for the dismay I feel for Vlaming’s situation.
Wow, just wow! When a little girl “wants” to feel uncomfortable enough to cause a respected educator to lose their job and smear his career, SHE is mentally ill. I hope SHE feels guilt for the rest of HER life. When will SHE grow some balls?
I hope Vlaming gets through this and finds a better teaching position, soon.

TrailDust
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This is the new fascism, and it is every bit as dangerous as the old fascism.

Jack
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Let’s not make this girl feel uncomfortable, but we will allow her to make others in her class uncomfortable, including the teacher.

greenworxx
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greenworxx

The child’s parents are responsible for this too. Sickening.

Buzz
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Buzz

The principal and Superintendent are sick people defending sick people.

Dan
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Dan

All great comments. In a parallel universe, after the Republicans took control of the government they immediately put a stop to this nonsense on day one. Behind the scenes, however, the groundwork for sabotaging language itself that’s finally come to this weaponizing of it against us had long ago been set in motion by critical theory in English departments at our elite universities. At Duke one day, so the story goes, Stanley Fish told the next class that Yiddish names and crap still on the blackboard were a poem, and he then set the students to figuring it out, which… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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I really believe that public education—at least on the primary and secondary levels—should be banned, for these reasons: First, public (and even private) education has always been a place for the mentally ill and sexually deviant to hawk their agenda with relative safety, as law enforcement usually requires permission of the principal or superintendent to enter the premises. But Second, this story illustrates a second reason, and that reason is this: This episode proves that education has become a vector of ACTIVISM. And that activism, in this example, appears to be INVOLUNTARY. Here a teacher MUST adhere to the new… Read more »

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

” Who in God’s Name can stop it?”
OOOOPS! Can’t say THAT-it might make someone FEEL uncomfortable!
(sarc)

TheTruthBurns
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TheTruthBurns

The preferred term for any “Transgender” regardless of Age, Original Genitalia, or Wardrobe Preferences shall be: Insane Kunt.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

Whatever happened to just calling ’em “it”? Easy to remember,fits all non-normal parameters…

christy
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christy

If all he did was MOLEST the girl, the teachers, union and everyone else would be on his side. This is shameful.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

He deserves a medal. It goes without saying that this PC garbage is over the top. Who gets to determine these things? What if they get up one morning and decide that everyone should be referred to as “aardvarks”. Does that obligate everyone to comply? We all know that all this does is encourage more deviant behavior. Worse, those who actually suffer with these delusions are prevented from getting psychological help. It is making insanity “normal”. Overall, it is merely modeling. They are showing that people’s rights to opinions and expression are subject to “authorities” approval. I hope he sues… Read more »

DCG
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What if they wake up everyday and then decide which gender they choose to be? Imagine trying to play that game…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2848699/Boy-today-girl-tomorrow-Teenager-bi-gender-boyfriend-says-loves-wakes-Ryan-Ria.html

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Do you realize how close this is to having someone who likes to torture and kill people, or even animals, simply say “that’s who I am” and having these destroyers of culture support them? That’s really what this is about. It isn’t about people’s “feelings” as they say, if it was wouldn’t they be concerned that they’re making all of us sick with this shameful nonsense? This is a total mockery of God and His creation. I had to go read something inspirational after this. This is excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “..Those who are united with… Read more »

Watertender
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Watertender

My neighbors son was given in school suspension for calling something that was born a female by her given name. The thing took a male name and dresses as a male…. But it does not participate in gym class and uses the bathroom in the nurses office because it feels uncomfortable…. The insanity seems to never end…

Tammy Hires
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Tammy Hires

Pr. Broiles is right, education is now loaded with activism, when did this start and how can it be stopped. Teaching used to be a vocation not a career for the power hungry!

CalGirl
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CalGirl

OMG!!! This is my day-to-day lately. I make sure I address students ONLY by what is on my roll sheet…..if it is NOT IN WRITING…esp. denoting those little oral “messages” from the counselor’s office about “transgenderism feelings” …..it is NOT OFFICIAL to me. It is ONLY OFFICIAL TO ME if it is reflected on my computerized ROLL SHEET given to me every freakin’ single day on my computer from the district office: they are in charge, not ME. I also AVOID all specific pronouns in these cases. ……I use ONLY the official name on my roll instead of “he, him,… Read more »

TPR
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TPR

The adults (brainwashed libtard Marxists) are allowing the KIDS to rule over THEM, which always leads to disaster. (Of course, they are the same demoniacs who implanted such gender perversions in the minds of the young in the first place, so, double-the-guilt on the spineless adults!) There’s an account in the OT of a king’s son (Solomon’s son(?) that when it was time for the young son to rule, instead of seeking advice from the older, wiser men, he sought the advice of his PEERS > other young unwise inexperienced guys, which also led to disaster. “Beware the Era of… Read more »

TPR
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TPR

I meant to add another headline I saw which you may have covered…

A 17-y/o killed “its” parents & the family dog over “gender confusion issues.” The murderous teen was sentenced to 40 years! That should definitely be a wake-up call to how terribly schools & media have screwed up the minds & spirits of the younger crowd!

Watertender
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Watertender

The gender confusion issue will be worked out well in prison… Sweetcake there will become some big dudes property. 40 years of being used will leave an impression… Lets hope it can get some grape koolaid for eye shadow…. Gotta be pretty for your “admirers”

Michelle
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Michelle

The teacher said “stop her” when the student was going to run into a wall using a virtual reality headset. That’s how little it takes nowadays. Somehow, that made the student uncomfortable? AND Somehow, that is a hostile learning environment? I remember the good old days when the problem of being slightly uncomfortable was irrelevant. How are these students ever going to deal with everyday life? If that qualifies as hostile… As a side note: I assume the name of this school is simply coincidental “place name” and not related to the famous military academy, but I was looking up… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
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Seumas
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