A High School Teacher Was Fired After Forgot the Name of the Transgender Student
BROWNSBURG, INDIANA — June 7, 2018
District officials declined to specifically comment on the transgender policy but said a high school teacher submitted his resignation prior to end of the school year.
John Kluge, 28, a former orchestra teacher at Brownsburg High School, said they violated his First Amendment rights by forcing him to resign over a requirement that teachers address transgender students by their preferred name.
He added that policy runs counter to his religious beliefs.
“I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that’s a dangerous lifestyle,” Kluge told. “I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing. They’re acting as if I have [resigned], even though I’m pleading no. I still want to work here.”
Advocates for LGBTQ causes said the practice of using a person’s preferred name rather than the one given at birth is about respect — and not political or religious beliefs.
But the Indiana Family Institute has expressed strong reservations against attempts adoption of specific measures for Kluge. They opposes abortion and same-sex marriage, is urging residents to write letters to school board officials in support of Kluge.
The letter suggested that the “real intolerance” at the high school emanates from administrators toward teachers “who hold a sincere faith and a sacrificial love for their students,” the letter continues.
In April 2017, President Trump loudly and repeatedly stated that no transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. Those regulations issued during the Obama administration. And now Trump said he was going to abolish it.