Kansas Public School Teacher Sues District For Requiring Her to Address Students by 'Preferred Pronouns'

Kansas Public School Teacher Sues District For Requiring Her to Address Students by 'Preferred Pronouns'

As the Russian military dissects and destroys Ukraine with ruthless impunity, the far-left in America continue to focus incessantly on the absurd, the inane, and the nonsensical, proving daily that the United States is no longer a serious country to be ‘reckoned with.’

Case in point: The insane countercultural fantasy world push to create new classes of ‘gender’ and ‘gender pronouns.’

That said, slowly but surely, Americans are pushing back in what we hope is are the first ripples of a tidal wave of rejection by those who seek to re-implement reality-based life in a country that, somehow, managed to produce “The Greatest Generation.”

The Blaze has more on the latest battle to save our society:

A public school teacher in Kansas is suing the principal of her school, the district’s superintendent, and members of the school board after being suspended for not using a student’s preferred name.

Pamela Ricard taught math at Fort Riley Middle School. She says that she refused to use the preferred names and pronouns of transgender and nonbinary students because it violates her religious beliefs…

After being disciplined multiple times for refusing to refer to students by their preferred names, Ms. Ricard filed a lawsuit against the Geary County Schools Unified School District.

For the record, Fort Riley is one of the largest active-duty U.S. Army bases in the country and is home to “The Big Red One” — the Army’s 1st Division, which distinguished itself in both world wars last century.

According to her lawsuit, Ricard says that school administration officials who prevent her from ignoring the nonsensical use of ‘preferred pronouns’ “deprived her of due process and equal protection of law” while also violating her First Amendment rights to free speech and free religious exercise.

The suit also argues that deciding to ignore a student’s preferred name and pronouns, that does not harm other students in anyway — though of course, ‘LGBTQ’ groups and their sympathizers see that differently.

“Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, the executive director of GLSEN, a national organization that emphasizes the LGBTQ+ agenda throughout the country’s K-12 schools, says that misgendering a child can have a serious impact on his or her confidence and mental health,” The Blaze continued.

According to the suit, after the first time Ricard ignored a student’s preferred name, the principal addressed an email to all of the school’s teachers informing them: “When we have a student that requests to go by a preferred name that is different than their given name, our district honors the request. Once you are aware of a preferred name, use that name for the student.”

In addition, Ricard personally received a number of reminders (a.k.a. warnings) to use a student’s preferred pronouns and name, rather than refer to the biologically female student as “Miss [student’s last name].”

In April of 2021, Ms. Ricard was suspended for three days with pay. Her suspension alleged that she violated 11 district polices, including rules on bullying and diversity and inclusion.

She appealed the suspension several times to no avail.

“Ms. Ricard’s faith teaches her that God immutable creates each person as male or female,” her lawsuit says.

“Any policy that requires Ms. Ricard to refer to a student by a gendered, non-binary, or plural pronoun (e.g. he/him, she/her, they/them, zhe/zher, etc.) or salutation (Mr., Miss, Ms.) or other gendered language that is different from the student’s biological sex actively violates Ms. Ricard’s religious beliefs,” the lawsuit added.

Though the outcome of the lawsuit is pending, Picard told CNN she still loves her job, but can’t leg go of the obvious.

“I continue to enjoy teaching my students day in and day out, but the stigma of being officially labeled a ‘bully’ for simply using a student’s enrolled last name has been disheartening. I love all of my students, but I shouldn’t be forced to contradict my core beliefs in order to teach math in a public school.”


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