Dismissed Teacher Sues for Justice

A teacher is fighting an important case in an Industrial Tribunal in a brave attempt to hold the line against 'gender' madness. He has told a tribunal he was sacked after refusing to use a trans student's "preferred pronouns".

Kevin Lister, 60, was dismissed for gross misconduct in September 2022 by New College, Swindon following complaints by two students.

The maths teacher had refused to refer to a biologically female student, 17, by their preferred male name and he/him pronouns in A-level lessons.

Mr Lister has taken the college to an employment tribunal, claiming unfair dismissal, discrimination or victimisation on grounds of religion or belief, and that he suffered a detriment and/or dismissal due to exercising rights under the Public Interest Disclosure Act.

The hearing was told that the female teenager - known only as Student A - had informed the college in September 2021 they wished to be addressed by a boy's name and with the male pronouns.

Giving evidence, Mr Lister, from Wiltshire, suggested the decision of Student A to use male pronouns had the effect of 'compelled speech' - meaning he and fellow students had to follow their wish, irrespective of their own beliefs.

'It is not the role of a maths teacher to confirm the gender transition and social transition of a student.'

Mr Lister said Student A stayed behind after class to speak to him about the competition because they were worried they might do badly.

He said he tried to encourage them and offered to organise one-to-one sessions at lunchtime and then called them 'an excellent young lady'.

'I wanted her to believe in herself,' he said. 'Maybe that was a clumsy thing to say.

'That was the best thing I could say to a young lady in front of me in floods of tears.'

Ms Shepherd said: 'You told them transitioning was irreversible.'

Mr Lister replied: 'That's the whole point of it. That's a fact.'

The trouble is that facts and reality no longer seem to count for anything in the liberal madhouse. Just a few years ago, this level of insanity would have seemed to be some sort of joke, or something out of a dystopian sci-fi series. Now, the 'New Normal' is deeply abnormal!

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