Middle Schools

West Point students walk out of class to support fired teacher

West Point students walk out of class to support fired teacher

About 100 middle and high school students in West Point held a walkout in support of a teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronoun.

The West Point Public School Board voted unanimously 5-0 Thursday night to support division Superintendent Laura Abel’s recommendation to terminate French teacher Peter Vlaming’s employment, saying his actions harassed and discriminated against the student and were insubordinate.

The walkout began at 12:15 p.m. outside of the high school, and students trickled out of the school to protest the firing.

Students held signs reading “Justice for Vlaming” and “Save Vlaming,” as well as made shirts with...

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