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Teacher fights for job over transgender controversy

WEST POINT (AP) A high school teacher is fighting a recommendation to be dismissed in the wake of controversy involving a transgender student.

West Point High School French teacher Peter Vlaming was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 3, news outlets reported. Attorney Shawn Voyles said his client declined a female student’s request to be referred to as a male.

Before a school board hearing Dec. 6, Voyles said Vlaming offered to use the student’s name and to avoid feminine pronouns, but the school was unwilling to accept the compromise and chose to force Vlaming to speak and act contrary to his own Christian convictions or be fired.

An online petition entitled “Protect Trans Kids” said the student had been openly trans for the whole year and students were constantly correcting Vlaming.

Update: The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Vlaming was fired by a 5-0 vote on Dec. 6.

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