A Kansas teacher was awarded $95,000 after she sued a Geary County school district for requiring that she deceive parents and use a student’s preferred pronouns without their parent’s knowledge.
Pamela Ricard, 58, contended that Kansas school officials required her to use the chosen gender pronouns of her kids in the classroom but refrain from doing so when addressing parents. Ricard filed the lawsuit, claiming that such misrepresentation went against her Christian values.
The school settled with her on Wednesday, so her attorneys withdrew the lawsuit.
The district is also required to publish a statement that Ricard was in good standing without any disciplinary actions at the time of her retirement as part of the settlement.
Ricard’s attorney, Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer said:
“No school district should ever force teachers to willfully deceive parents or engage in any speech that violates their deeply held religious beliefs.”
“We’re pleased to settle this case favorably on behalf of Pam, and we hope that it will encourage school districts across the country to support the constitutionally protected freedom of teachers to teach and communicate honestly with both children and parents.”
Ricard was suspended in 2021 for using a student’s legal name and pronouns rather than their preferred ones. The school district rescinded the policy shortly after Ricard filed the lawsuit.
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