Former Teacher Lawsuit Renewed After Virginia Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a lower court’s decision by reinstating a lawsuit brought by a former West Point High School teacher after he was fired for refusing to refer to a transgender student by his requested pronouns. Peter Vlaming is now a former high school French teacher. He refused to use male pronouns to refer to a student who had recently undergone a gender transition and legal name change… saying doing so went against his religious beliefs and violated HIS right to free speech. Vlaming filed a $1 million lawsuit after the school board fired him for violating the school division’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, but the King William Circuit Court dismissed his case. The Virginia Supreme Court however, found that Vlaming’s rights were violated by the board and that his claim should go forward.