Teacher suspended for not using trans pronouns secures temporary court order
A federal judge has granted a temporary order in the case of a Kansas teacher suing her school district over policies requiring teachers to use the preferred names and pronouns of trans-identified students and hide those preferences from parents.
U.S. District Judge Holly Teeter partially granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of Fort Riley Middle School teacher Pamela Ricard preventing Geary County Schools Unified School District 475 from disciplining her for referring to a student’s preferred name and pronouns in her communications with a trans-identified student’s parents “within the regular course of her duties.”
The injunction lasts until next Wednesday or “at the conclusion of Plaintiff’s contractual responsibilities to the District, whichever is later.” The court stated that the motion was issued in light of the fact that the teacher doesn’t plan to communicate with a parent to disclose a student’s preferred name and pronouns.
Ricard sued Geary County Schools Unified School District 475 after being suspended in April 2021 for three days and given a reprimand because she called a biologically female student by her legal name and used female pronouns.