"Vlaming's conscience and religious practice prevent him from intentionally lying", the lawsuit claims. He even used the student's preferred masculine name and was willing to avoid using pronouns in the student's presence.
Administrators eventually gave the teacher an ultimatum: Use the student's correct pronouns or face disciplinary action, he said.
The situation soon boiled over shortly afterward, when Vlaming organized a classroom activity where students divided into pairs, with one student wearing virtual reality goggles and the second giving directions in French. The transgender student seemed about to crash when the teacher told another student to help their classmate.
That was the last straw for the student, who withdrew from Vlaming's class.
The French teacher was sacked in December.
The former teacher is now suing the school district officials, saying they breached his contract and discriminated against him, violating his right to speak freely and his religious freedom.
"Mr. Vlaming was asked repeatedly, over several weeks and by multiple administrators, to address a student by the pronouns with which this student identifies", the board said in a December 2018 statement. The school is about 40 miles east of Richmond. He always calls his students on the names they prefer to be called. Final fall, a professor at Shawnee State College in OH stated he was "formally charged" for his opposition.
Before he was sacked, he told his superiors at West Point High School that his religion prevented him from referring to the student using male pronouns.
The school "did not have any written policy regarding using pronouns", the suit maintains.
West Point High School in Virginia.
The suit against the West Point School Board states that French teacher Vlaming "sincerely believes that referring to a female as a male by using an objectively male pronoun is telling a lie". They have said they "deny any liability" and intend to 'defend against any claims'. The next day, he was suspended. And the student had expressed that. The school board chairman, Paul Diggs, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his inbox was deluged with hateful messages over the board's decision, and with emails from parents of transgender students who thanked the board.
Peter Vlaming, a French trainer who used to be unanimously fired by the West Point College Board in December 2018, mentioned in his lawsuit he used to be fired on tale of he exercised his First Modification swish to free speech. However the college board disagreed. The issue before us was not one mistaken slip of the tongue. "Women are women", the TV station reported.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in the King William County Circuit Court, names the West Point School Board, Division Superindendent Laura Abel, West Point High School Principal Jonathan Hochman and Assistant Principal Suzanne Aunspach as defendants.
Peter Vlaming is fighting against the school board after he lost his job. ADF has run afoul of civil rights advocates, together with the Southern Poverty Regulation Heart, which has categorised it as a a hate group.
The ADF's vice president and senior counsel, Jeremy Tedesco, disputed that classification, calling the SPLC "discredited and unreliable" in a statement sent to The Post.
Vlaming's lawyer said in a statement: "This isn't just about a pronoun, it's about what that pronoun means".
"The school board didn't care how well Peter treated this student", Dalton said. "It was on a crusade to compel conformity ..."
CNN has reached out to West Point Public Schools for comment and has not heard back.