A petition calling for him to be reinstated has almost 1,000 signatures.

A 9th grade teacher in the US has been fired after reportedly refusing to use the pronoun that a transgender student identified with.

According to local reports the French teacher lost his job after board members voted on his position.

Administrators at the high school in Virginia have accused Vlaming of violating the school’s nondiscrimination policies, which were updated last year to cover gender identity.

The student  – who transitioned from a girl to a boy – wished to be addressed by male pronouns.

The teacher cited his belief as a Christian as the reason why he wouldn’t use male pronouns for the student.