Ohio: Christian teacher fired for refusal to use students’ preferred pronouns, files suit
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – A Christian school teacher in Ohio has filed a lawsuit against her former employers for wrongful dismissal after allegedly being fired for refusing to address two students by their preferred pronouns, the Daily Caller reports.
Vivian Geraghty was employed at the Jackson Memorial Middle School when she was informed on August 16 that two of her students had decided to change their names and pronouns, the Caller said. On August 22, the school counselor instructed Geraghty and her colleagues to address the students in accordance with their decisions.
Geraghty felt that complying with the students’ requests would violate her religious beliefs, her lawsuit attests.
On August 26, Geraghty met with school principal Kacy Carter and Monica Myers, director of curriculum, to find a solution that would respect both the students and her faith. However, Geraghty was ultimately told she would have to “put her beliefs aside as a public servant,” the Caller reports.
“Ms. Geraghty explained that she could not put her beliefs aside, and she did not believe she could be compelled to do so as a condition of public service,” the lawsuit says. Nevertheless, the teacher was accused of “insubordination” and was fired.
Geraghty has filed suit against the school’s Board of Directors, as well as Carter and Myers, the Caller said.
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