Teacher fired over transgender stance

December 07, 2018 04:48 PM

Virginia's West Point School Board has fired a high school teacher following an ongoing transgender controversy issue at the school.

Peter Vlaming, a teacher within the school system for seven years, was fired from his position Thursday night after a five-and-a-half hour public hearing with the school board.


This issue came to a crux during a virtual reality exercise back in October, where Vlaming said he called out "don't let her walk into the wall" as the transgender student walked in that direction.

Vlaming claimed it was a slip of the tongue.

"I'm totally happy to use the new name," Vlaming said. "I'm happy to avoid female pronouns not to offend because I'm not here to provoke... but I can't refer to a female as a male, and a male as a female in good conscious and faith."

"That was in fact discriminatory because all the other students were being used pronouns, but this student was not being used pronouns," Superintendent Laura Abel testified.

Vlaming's attorney fought the superintendent's recommendation to dismiss the teacher based on claims of insubordination and repeated refusal to comply with directives made by West Point Public Schools administrators.

"Miracles can happen, but I was prepared that this might be the outcome," Vlaming said after the decision.

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