A middle school teacher in Ohio claims that she was forced to resign in a lawsuit she filed against her former employer because she refused to address students with their preferred pronouns.
A lawsuit filed by Alliance Defending Freedom in federal court on behalf of Vivian Geraghty, a former Jackson Memorial Middle School teacher, states that the school district requires teachers to participate in the “social transition” of “transferred” students in their class. to a gender that is inconsistent with their gender.” Jackson Memorial Middle School is in Massillon, Ohio.
However, Geraghty refused to participate in politics because of his Christian religious beliefs. The lawsuit claims the school “fired” her within two hours of Geraghty telling principal Kacy Carter of her reservations about the policy.
“However, as soon as the Defendants learned that Ms. Geraghty had a religious basis for resisting attempts to practice an orthodoxy, they forced her to resign. Within two hours of being informed that Ms. Geraghty had reservations about her approach to the matter, on 26 August, with no student complaints or Defendants kicked him out of school before school services were disrupted.”
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When Geraghty went to Carter and Monica Myers, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and briefed them on their religious beliefs, they allegedly told the teacher that “as a public official, she would have to put her beliefs aside.”
ADF Legal Counsel Logan Spena said in a press release that the school district unconstitutionally forced Geraghty to resign.
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“No school official can force a teacher to put aside her religious beliefs to continue her job. The school tried to force Vivian to read accurately the school’s perspective on issues that go down to the foundations of morality and human identity. The First Amendment forbids this abuse of power,” Geraghty said.
The lawsuit alleges that the school district violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1871.
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A spokesperson for the Jackson Local School District told Fox News Digital that they were aware of the case.
“This district will always strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all of our approximately 6,000 students to learn. We have hired legal counsel and will have no further comment on the pending case,” the spokesperson said.