Students accused John Kluge of saying that transgender persons “are not an actual human being” and “actively disrespect[ing]” them for not using opposite-sex pronouns to describe them.
He alleges that compelling him to address students with pronouns that do not accord to their biological sex violates his religious beliefs as well as his constitutional right to free speech.
John Kluge has indicated he will appeal to the school board if he and the school can find no compromise that will allow him to continue teaching at Brownsburg High School.
Many of the parents at Monday night’s meeting said they were unaware that this accommodation was in place for transgender students and are uncomfortable with its implications for their children,” reported the Indianapolis Star.
“Landon Chapman said he’s not comfortable with students who were born male being able to use the same female restroom as his daughter. ‘Why is it that parents weren’t notified?’ he asked the board.”
“I really do care for all of my students,” Kluge said, “which is why I don’t want to be compelled to speak in such a way that I believe I’ll be encouraging them in something that’s dangerous.”
The now-former teacher also claims that Brownsburg Community Schools threatened to fire him only three weeks before the end of the school year. So he submitted a tentative letter of resignation, but when he requested it be withdrawn, the district refused. And posted a job listing for a new orchestra teacher.
But courts have to date handed down combined choices on transgender college students and the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s push for transgender preferences in public faculties.
Most courts forcing transgender insurance policies on faculties are reinterpreting the phrase “intercourse” contained in the federal Title IX legislation to imply “self-description of gender” as an alternative, regardless of the dearth of precedent or sense for doing so.