Calling the expectation of using male pronouns to address a female student a “bridge too far,” a Virginia teacher who was fired for insubordination said he tried his best to accommodate a transgender student within his Christian beliefs.
Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at West Point High School, appeared alongside his attorney on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” explaining that he was fired not for something he said, but for something he would not say.
The circumstances of Vlaming’s dismissal prompting an astute observation from host Tucker Carlson, who remarked on how hard it is to get public school teachers fired for incompetence.
“I did everything in my power to accommodate and show respect for this student and the students choices,” Vlaming told Carlson — the relevant choice here being that the female student decided she was now a male.
This disorder, labeled transgenderism, is embraced by the left and their media allies, who cling to a secular belief that gender is a social construct and not an assignment from God. And woe unto rational folks who dare not go along with the idea that, on a whim, a man can become a woman, or vice versus.
As we are told in post-Obama America, a girl can have a penis and a boy can have a period.
As for Vlaming, a ninth-grade student’s family informed the school system that their daughter was now a son, after transitioning over the summer. When the student was about to run into a wall, Vlaming told others to stop “her,” which resulted in him being called on the carpet.
He later told administrators that he would not use male pronouns to address the girl.
“The first question I think in most people’s minds is going to be, did you in some way insult the student? Were you cruel to the student? Was there something untoward that you said to the student?” Carlson asked the teacher.
“Not at all,” Vlaming replied. “And it’s not my place as a public school teacher to give my view on that subject. I’m a French teacher, I teach French.”
“Pete was actually fired for what he would not say,” his attorney, Shawn Voyles said, noting that this case is a first in the country.
As Carlson noted, Vlaming did use the preferred male name for the student who is a biological female, but Vlaming said he was told by school administrators he “had to use” male pronouns — even if talking to others about the student when she was not around.
Carlson mentioned biology — the irony being that those who swear by science when it comes to climate change conveniently look the other way over one’s gender.
“Tucker, we should point out that the school took a position contrary to biology,” said his attorney. “Peter was given an ultimatum by the superintendent that he should treat the student like every other male student or he would be fired. And that would include using male pronouns.”
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