Former Indiana teacher John Kluge said he was forced to resign for violating the school’s transgender student policy.
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An Indiana school district is officially a teacher’s dismissal after the educator claimed that he was forced to resign for violating the transgender student policy.
The Brownsburg Community School Corporation has announced that it had accepted the resignation of John Kluge, a former Brownsburg High School orchestra teacher, during a school board meeting on Monday.
Kluge, 28, said he has submitted a preliminary letter of resignation in the last month because officials threatened to fire him. Kluge tried to rescind his resignation on 25 May, but it was already processed.
The district said Kluge voluntarily submitted his resignation.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CLAIMS HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN BECAUSE OF THE TRANSGENDER POLICY
Kluge said the district’s transgender name policy goes against his religious beliefs, and in violation of his constitutional rights.
The new school policy, which will be implemented next school year, states that the students must have written permission from a parent and a doctor at the request of a name change. The school policy is for teachers to call students by their last names this year, but from next year, teachers will be required to call students by their preferred name and pronouns stated in the school system.
“I am forced to encourage students in what I believe is something that is a dangerous lifestyle,” Kluge told the Indianapolis Star. “I think it’s fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are forced to speak in a certain way is the scary thing.”
LGBTQ community advocates said the practice was a sign of respect and not about religion or politics.
Kluge was also present at the Monday evening school board meeting, where he spoke about his situation, FOX 59 reported.
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“I wanted to be able to learn my subject with a clean conscience,” Kluge said. “You’ve approved my discharge without me able to appeal my dismissal.”
Approximately 45 members of the community were also present to express their views, including transgender students, Aidyn Sucec, who told FOX 59 he was in Kluge’s orchestra class.
“Anyone arguing in support for Kluge need to think about what it is to be a transgender person and what it is to live your life, knowing that there are people who would say that you are not a real human and active a lack of respect,” Sucec said.
Fox News’ Caleb Parke, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.