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Dismissed teacher stands outside school for second day amid trans row

A transgender pronouns row led to an Irish teacher being dismissed. The incident occurred a day after he was arrested for trespassing in the school.

Enoch Burke was previously imprisoned for not following a court order banning him from attending school while he was being suspended from work.

After a series of incidents that stemmed from a request by the principal of secondary school, he was fired from his job.

On several occasions, Mr Burke voiced his opposition to the request of the principal to address transgender children by their names and use the pronoun “they” to refer to them.


On Friday, Mr Burke was fired.

He still showed up at Wilson’s Hospital School, County Westmeath on Tuesday and Wednesday. Staff denied him entry on both occasions.

On Tuesday, Mr Burke was taken into custody and released. He was then seen walking around the school grounds in the afternoon just before he left.

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The father of Mr Burke dropped him at school the next day, but the former teacher was still prevented from entering.

Image After he was refused entry, Mr. Burke’s father drove him home.

He was standing outside the school, writing in a notebook and being seen in the rain.

Then, he was seen with his father in the car.

In the midst of a disciplinary hearing, an evangelical Christian was removed from work and paid no pay.

His suspension was a result of subsequent events.

Last week, a disciplinary hearing took place. On Friday, one of Burke’s relatives made a statement in Burke’s behalf, stating that he was dismissed.

Burke refused to be dismissed, claiming that he was entitled to work and that Tuesday’s trespass arrest had “wrongfully” led him to be arrested.

He stated, “It’s no trespassing to show up at your work place. That’s absolutely not trespassing.”

Image Mr. Burke was seen roaming the school grounds

He said that the “purported disciplinary meeting” and the resulting dismissal were not to take effect for several months and that he was still an employee at school.

He said, “I’m here for work, here to perform my work, just like every teacher in the country, every civil servant, and every employee have an absolute right to do.”

Sky News reached out to the school but they declined to comment.


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