Free speech lost another round against rabid progressives who are fighting day and night to force their perverse and socialist-leaning belief system upon society.
Reports from CNN and Fox News allege that West Point School Board in Virginia reportedly decided to terminate one of their teachers on Thursday because he refused to use the pronouns that a transgender student identified with.
Peter Vlaming, who taught French at West Point High School, claimed he lost his job after the board made a unanimous 5-0 decision following a hearing, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“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,” West Point schools Superintendent Laura Abel said in a statement obtained by the outlet.
In 2018, a student at West Point High School began identifying as male. He and his mother asked for him to be referred to with his preferred name and pronouns: he, him, his.
French teacher Peter Vlaming said he couldn’t “in good conscience” comply, citing his religious beliefs, according to the complaint. He consistently used the student’s preferred male name and attempted to avoid the use of any pronouns at all, his lawsuit says.
The school, according to the lawsuit, gave the teacher an ultimatum: Use the student’s preferred pronouns or lose your job.
School officials suspended the teacher for insubordination. Vlaming was ultimately fired after he refused to use the male pronouns and for repeatedly ignoring orders from his bosses.
“Mr. Vlaming’s conscience and religious practice prohibits 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,” the lawsuit argues.
A spokeswoman for West Point Public Schools told CNN in a statement that its board denies any wrongdoing. “West Point Public Schools’ primary focus is on students, staff, and instruction,” the statement said. “We will continue to direct our energy toward maintaining a high-quality learning environment in our schools.”
WIBC host Tony Katz commented on the matter Thursday afternoon:
“If you cannot so ‘no’ then you cannot be free. Saying ‘no’ is one of the finer examples of free speech. If you’re not able to say ‘no,’ how in the world could you ever be free?
I hope every teacher in the district loses their job after this lawsuit and has to go look for employment elsewhere – every teacher, every administrator, every employee in the district. Not only that, I hope every bit of their pensions goes to this teacher who was fired for no good reason. And then I hope the entire city falls apart, crumbles to the ground, and they salt the earth because this is the obscenity because one child didn’t like that they weren’t being called ANY pronoun – not the wrong pronoun. You cannot be compelled to speech.”
Click the link below to hear Tony’s full commentary.