‘I Was Treated Like A Criminal’: Teacher Dragged Before Tribunal For Religious Views On LGBT

(Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Sarah Wilder Social Issues Reporter
Font Size:

Glawdys Leger, a foreign language teacher at a Church of England School, has been fired from her position after refusing to teach LGBT material.

Leger said she was required to introduce the concepts of pansexual, asexual, intersex and transgender to the children in her classroom. She was also reportedly required to teach and discuss critical race theory and abortion. (RELATED: New California Law Would Allow Kids To Be Taken From Their Parents Without Evidence Of Abuse)

“The impact of what has happened to me has taken a great toll on me. The thought of me losing my career for expressing my Christian beliefs in response to questions from students is heartbreaking,” she said.

Leger has been summoned before a tribunal for a “fitness to practise” hearing, according to the outlet.

“I was treated like a criminal and as though I was a danger for expressing my Christian beliefs.”

“I have great compassion for LGBT people, especially for those suffering from gender confusion,” Leger said. “I cannot, however, in good conscience teach or say things I believe are contrary to my faith, for example saying that same-sex sexual relationships are good and/or affirming people in their gender confusion.”

The Aquinas Church of England Education Trust said the firing was about promoting “British values.”

“Delivering a high-quality education and supporting the wellbeing of students is our top priority. To ensure this is achieved, we promote fundamental British values including mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. The school teaches in line with statutory requirements to promote British values and follows relevant guidance outlined by the Department for Education.”