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West Point teacher on administrative leave after controversy involving transgender student
WRIC via WAVY ^ | 5 Dec 2018 | WRIC

Posted on 12/05/2018 7:05:07 PM PST by csvset

WEST POINT, Va. (WRIC) -- Students and parents in West Point, a town roughly an hour east of Richmond, are rallying behind a teacher put on paid administrative leave following a transgender controversy at the school.

A French teacher at West Point High School, Peter Vlaming, is currently on paid administrative leave for not using a student's preferred identity pronoun.

8News reached out to the school for comment but West Point Public Schools cited the incident as "a personnel issue" and declined to respond about the status of Vlaming's case.

Students told 8News that Vlaming won't use male pronouns for a student who now identifies as a boy.

An online petition supporting Mr. Vlaming, which is titled "Don't terminate Mr. Vlaming," has over 1,000 signatures. The petition quotes Vlaming on his thoughts on the incident:

"I won't use male pronouns with a female student that now identifies as a male though I did agree to use the new masculine name but avoid female pronouns. Administration is requiring that I use masculine pronouns in any and every context at school. I was informed that any further instances of using female pronouns would be grounds for termination."

On Tuesday, 8News spoke with a West Point High School student who says he is also supporting Vlaming.

"I'm just outraged about it," said Forrest Rohde, a West Point High School junior. "He's a really nice guy, he wanted to do everything about his students. He really does care about his students. The thing he will not do is change his ways of thoughts and believing in things just to conform to someone else's ideologies."

Vlaming reportedly called a transgender student "she," but the student wants to be identified as a male.

"The transgender girl has the right to be whatever she wants but just because she has the right doesn't mean we're not obliged to follow her beliefs," Rohde said.

Rohde posted signs all over the school in support of the teacher after hearing Vlaming was put on administrative leave. The signs read: "Facts don't care about your feelings," "#Justice for Vlaming," and "Mr. Vlaming is innocent."

"I see this stuff on the news far away from here," Rohde said, "but when it hits close to home and someone's free speech is being violated, I have to step in and say something about it."

The school confirmed to 8News on Tuesday that Vlaming is currently on paid administrative leave and that Vlaming requested a public hearing:

Mr. Vlaming is currently on paid administrative leave, and West Point Public Schools has followed and will continue to follow Virginia Code and all local policies and procedures relating to licensed staff members. The grievance process, including the purpose/results of a hearing, is governed by Virginia Code.

Because this is a personnel issue, we are unable to provide specific information due to employee and student confidentiality. Mr. Vlaming has requested a public hearing and details regarding our recommendations will become public at that hearing. Until that time, it is important that we not only ensure the integrity of our employment process but also meet our responsibilities regarding safeguarding student confidentiality.

- Abel Laura, West Point Public Schools superintendent

Legal analyst Russ Stone told 8News that it's uncertain whether or not the school has grounds to fire Vlaming.

The school board scheduled the public hearing for Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at West Point High School.

8News will be at the school board meeting on Thursday to share the latest.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: biologydeniers; dna; mentalillness; queers; schools; science; waronbiology
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Bravo Mr. Vlaming, for standing up for normalcy.
1 posted on 12/05/2018 7:05:07 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
Ce n'est q'une croque messiame.
2 posted on 12/05/2018 7:07:15 PM PST by golux
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To: csvset

Very proud of teacher and the students supporting the teacher. Bravo. Prayers for teacher.


3 posted on 12/05/2018 7:10:48 PM PST by TianaHighrider
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To: csvset

This teacher is giving his students the best lesson they could ever have.


4 posted on 12/05/2018 7:14:31 PM PST by Petrosius
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“The transgender girl has the right to be whatever she wants but just because she has the right doesn’t mean we’re not obliged to follow her beliefs,” Rohde said.


It’s amazing how one word can turn a thought into gobbledy-gook.


5 posted on 12/05/2018 7:14:53 PM PST by sparklite2 (See more at Sparklite Times)
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To: csvset

Zit?


6 posted on 12/05/2018 7:19:25 PM PST by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning)
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I can see where this comes from.

We had a clown who identified as a President for eight years...  winking face

"Facts don't care about your feelings, Barry"

7 posted on 12/05/2018 7:21:30 PM PST by kiryandil (Never pick a fight with an angry beehive)
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To: csvset
“The transgender girl has the right to be whatever she wants but just because she has the right doesn’t mean we’re not obliged to follow her beliefs,” Rohde said.

That is to say, she's allowed to say that she is male, but we aren't obligated to pretend that's true.

8 posted on 12/05/2018 7:22:47 PM PST by Tax-chick (Ask me about my Marine!)
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To: Sasparilla
Zit?


Zshi!
9 posted on 12/05/2018 7:24:15 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie ("The MSM is the enemy of the American people"...Democrat Pat Caddell)
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To: csvset

First, I echo your cheers for Mr. Vlaming.

Second, I’m glad this is West Point, VA. I’m glad this isn’t (yet) an issue at the more famous West Point.


10 posted on 12/05/2018 7:24:38 PM PST by NorthMountain (... the right of the peopIe to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: csvset

I had the same issue with a female to male student several years ago. I just called the person in question by their last name. Any pronouns were also their last name.

I was told it was unnatural to do so. I simply smiled and asked, “Unnatural?”

They left me alone after that.


11 posted on 12/05/2018 7:24:57 PM PST by struggle
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The ‘student’ is mentally ill and should seek professional help.


12 posted on 12/05/2018 7:27:35 PM PST by Envisioning (Carry safe, always carry, everyday, everywhere.)
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I'd like to see this go to the Supreme Court.

The question being can the government compel an individual to say something they don't believe to be true.

13 posted on 12/05/2018 7:29:08 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: csvset

The teacher sounds like a fan of Jordan Peterson.


14 posted on 12/05/2018 7:29:29 PM PST by Betty Jane
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To: csvset

The pronoun “freak” works for me.


15 posted on 12/05/2018 7:32:07 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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At least in Canada they explicitly created and passed a law (C-16) violating their citizens' rights to free speech and requiring them to use incorrect pronouns.

Here in the United States they don't even have to pass a law to destroy peoples' careers.

Jordan Peterson on his fight against Canada's Bill C-16:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWrem5XUr_4

A show trial on use of gender pronouns. Coming to a US state/city near you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCzKpz7Lm2U

16 posted on 12/05/2018 7:34:52 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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Exactly! The emperor has no clothes! Why does society have to cater to the whims of a mentally ill person?


17 posted on 12/05/2018 7:35:02 PM PST by csvset (illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: Envisioning

Transgenders are insane by definition!


18 posted on 12/05/2018 7:35:42 PM PST by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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The school board scheduled the public hearing for Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at West Point High School.

Every single person who supports Mr. Vlaming had better be there. That's the only way he'll get a fair shake.

19 posted on 12/05/2018 7:38:31 PM PST by Drew68
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To: csvset

This is exactly what free speech means. This is a government punishing a man for what he said.


20 posted on 12/05/2018 7:41:02 PM PST by Terry Mross (On some threads it's best to go jst inraight up his this seat. to the comments..)
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