An Irish school teacher who was suspended over his refusal to use transgender pronouns and names has been jailed after he refused to obey a court order.
Enoch Burke, a secondary school teacher and a Christian at the Church of Ireland-operated Wilson’s Hospital School in Westmeath, Ireland, had been suspended with pay in August following a controversy during which he declined to use the preferred name and pronoun (“they”) of a transgender-identifying student, according to the News Letter, a Belfast newspaper.
Burke, though, continued to try and teach. The school responded by obtaining a court order prohibiting him from setting foot on the property.
After Burke breached the court order, he was arrested Monday and committed to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.
Wilson’s Hospital School is a boarding school affiliated with the Church of Ireland. Its website says students attend “daily assembly,” which features an “act of worship with Bible reading and prayer.”