Teacher Suspended for Misgendering Student Says School Violated Her Constitutional Rights

Gabriel Hays | March 10, 2022
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The LGBTQ conquest of our nation’s public schools is nearly complete. Not only are the young children forced to learn radical propaganda in the classroom, but now teachers are getting punished for not embracing the garbage as well.

One Kansas public school teacher, Pamela Ricard, recently filed a lawsuit against USD 475 Geary County School District and Fort Riley Middle School, after they allegedly suspended her for not using a young trans student’s “preferred pronouns.” 

Newsweek.com reported on the incident and ensuing lawsuit, writing that Ricard “was officially suspended under the district's bullying and diversity and inclusion policies,” and “was also denied the religious exemption she requested related to the district's newly required practice to use students' preferred names.”

The alleged incident happened in the Spring of 2021, right around the time when school administrators “began issuing ‘diversity and equity’ training and emails to middle school teachers directing them to use students' preferred names” rather than their legal names as marked down in school records.

However, Ricard, a Christian woman who believes that only one of two genders is assigned by God to children at conception, chose to refer to a trans male student (biological female) by her legal name so as to not have to acknowledge her trans identity. 

Ricard’s attorney, Josh Ney explained that the teacher referred to the student as “Miss” followed by her legal name. Ney stated that, in that way, Ricard thought she was respecting “the student while also not violating Ricard's own religious convictions.”

Though word of the wrong pronoun usage got out and “she was reprimanded and suspended for three days.” According to the lawsuit, Ricard violated school district policies concerning “bullying by staff; diversity and inclusion; and staff-student relations prohibiting harassment and bullying of students by staff.”

Ricard’s complaint added that Fort Riley Middle School did not have “a formal policy regarding student preferred name and pronoun use at the time of Ricard's April 2021 suspension.” Still they chalked up calling trans boy “Miss” to bullying.

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Ricard’s suit alleges that in suspending her, the school district and the middle school have violated her first amendment rights and her right to due process. In addition, while appealing against the suspension, Ricard sought religious exemption for her actions against the policy but was denied three times.

The suit alleges that in such a way, her religious beliefs were violated by the school’s policies. 

Newsweek summed up the suit, stating, “Ricard is suing the school board, its Superintendent Reginald Eggleston and Fort Riley Middle School Principal Kathleen Brennan, alleging the district's actions violated Ricard's constitutional rights to free speech, free exercise of religion, due process and equal protection under the law.”

We wish Ricard all the luck in the world with her lawsuit. People with strong Christian convictions are at direct odds with LGBTQ activism and need to stand their ground. Good for her.

 

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