He calls being trans a "dangerous lifestyle."
A former music teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana claims that he was fired because he didn’t want to call a transgender student by their preferred name due to his religious beliefs.
The story comes from WXIN Indianapolis, where they say John Kluge attended a school board meeting to rescind his resignation.
Kluge makes the claim that the school district forced him to resign because he failed to follow their transgender student policy. In that policy, it states that teachers must call trans students by the name they prefer, but that rule goes against his religious beliefs.
"I wanted to be able to teach my subject matter with a clean conscience," said Kluge addressing the people at the board meeting. “You’ve approved my resignation without me being able to appeal my resignation.”
Others showed up to the meeting to voice their opinions about the matter as well.
Kluge also spoke to the Indy Star last week, saying:
"I’m being compelled to encourage students in what I believe is something that's a dangerous lifestyle. I’m fine to teach students with other beliefs, but the fact that teachers are being compelled to speak a certain way is the scary thing."
The Brownsburg Community School Corporation issued the following statement regarding Kluge's resignation:
"The Brownsburg Community School Corporation received a voluntary resignation from John Kluge prior to the end of the 2017-18 school year.
The administration accepted his resignation. The Brownsburg Board of School Trustees approved this resignation at the regular monthly business meeting on June 11, 2018.
Brownsburg Community School Corporation complies with all state and federal laws."