BROWNSBURG, Ind. – A central Indiana school district has officially the dismissal of a teacher who disagreed with a policy compelling teachers to address transgender students by their preferred name instead of their birth name.
The Brownsburg Community School Corporation accepted John Kluge’s resignation at a school board meeting Monday.
Kluge was an orchestra teacher at Brownsburg high School. He says that the district’s transgender name policy goes against his religious beliefs, and in violation of his constitutional rights.
LGBTQ community advocates say the practice is a sign of respect and not about religion or politics.
Kluge says that he has submitted a preliminary letter of resignation in the last month because officials threatened to fire him. He tried to rescind the resignation at the meeting.
The district says Kluge voluntarily submitted his resignation.