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12-11-2018, 04:40 PM
High school students stage walkout to support teacher fired for refusing to call female student ‘he’

A large group of students walked out of their classes Friday to protest the firing of a teacher who refused to refer to a female gender-confused student as male.

The West Point, Virginia school board’s unanimous vote to terminate high school French instructor Peter Vlaming proved to be unpopular, and less than 24 hours after issuing their decision, students rallied to show their support, chanting, “bring him back.”

He's an amazing man,” student Wyatt Pedersen told WWBT News. “I think he really was going with what he believed was right and it's really unfair that he’s being punished for that, especially in such a dramatic way.”

“The school board is trying to force the teacher to conform to their ideologies with the threat of removal from the school,” said Forrest Rohde, the West Point High School junior who organized the walkout.

The protesting students made it clear that their protest was not about the transgender student; they blame the school board for Vlaming’s termination, according to the report