A former orchestra teacher in Indiana was called out by a student after he refused to call transgender people by their chosen name.
Brownsburg High School teacher John Kluge claimed he was forced to resign after he violated a school policy stating that students be called by their chosen name, according to PinkNews. Student Aidyn Sucec said he refused to call transgender students by their first name.
“He started calling us by our last names, it was one of those things where he was technically treating all the students the same, but everybody was aware of why he was doing it,” Sucec said RTV6. “We all knew that it was because of the three trans students.”
Kluge claimed the policy went against his religious beliefs and that it was unfair to make him call students by their chosen name.
“I feel the compelled speech of forcing a teacher to take a side on this very highly controversial topic is a violation of our First Amendment rights,” Kluge said.
Sucec said that Kluge does not understand the potential harm he can cause transgender students by doing this.
“He said that he doesn’t want to condone students going down a path where 20 percent of trans people try to kill themselves but I don’t think he recognises the people like him and doing things like this are the reason that 20 percent of trans people try to kill themselves,” Sucec said. “I know he thinks he’s doing the right thing but he’s not listening to the actual people this affects.”