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Lawsuit: Coach Fired for ‘Harassment’ After Saying ‘Only Two Sexes’ Exist

Lawsuit: Coach Fired for ‘Harassment’ After Saying ‘Only Two Sexes’ Exist

The coach intervened in a discussion between two of his student-athletes who were debating the appropriateness of allowing transgender males to compete in women’s sports.

A Vermont public school snowboarding coach was fired for “harassment” after telling two of his students that “only two sexes” exist, according to a lawsuit filed on July 17.

The lawsuit makes claims for alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments and seeks the coach’s reinstatement and an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the challenged harassment policy against individuals

[E]xpressing views on differences in and the immutability of sex and the appropriateness of a teenage male competing against teenage females in an athletic competition, and in so doing to refer to a male as a male.

The suit alleges Coach David Bloch, a Catholic, was fired after intervening in a conversation between two of his students at a snowboarding event where another team included a transgender male competitor who competes against women.

The complaint details the conversation between the two students, one male and one female, who were debating the appropriateness of transgender males competing in women’s sports. The male student “expressed his opinion that males competing against females was unfair based on differences in biology,” an opinion the female student deemed “transphobic.”

“At that point, Coach Bloch joined the conversation,” according to the complaint.

When Bloch spoke to the students, he “recognized that people express themselves in different ways and that there can be masculine women and feminine men” but “also asserted that as a matter of biology, males and females have different DNA.”

These genetic differences, Bloch told his students, lead to physical differences that “generally give males competitive advantages in athletic competitions.” The complaint alleges Bloch spoke on the subject generally and “[a]t no point in the conversation did Coach Bloch refer to the transgender-identifying snowboarder” on the other team.

The transgender male competitor was not present at this conversation, the snowboarding event concluded without incident, and Bloch’s team traveled home on the same bus as the transgender male competitor without incident, according to the complaint.

The day after this exchange, the school district’s superintendent allegedly “summoned Coach Bloch to her office” and “handed him a notice of termination, while admitting that the investigation into Coach Bloch’s conversation was not complete”:

The notice accused Coach Bloch of violating Defendant Windsor Central Supervisory Union Board’s Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying (HHB) policy and the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) related policy for “ma[king] reference to [a] student in a manner that questioned the legitimacy and appropriateness of the student competing on the girls’ team to members of the [Woodstock Union High School] snowboard team” all outside the student’s presence.

A purported copy of the letter informed Bloch that his “use of disparaging names created an objectively offensive environment and constituted harassment based on gender identity, justifying terminating [his] contract as a snowboarding coach,” and informed Bloch that he “will not be considered for any future coaching positions.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) brought the suit on behalf of Bloch, who “founded the snowboarding team” and “has served as head coach for the entire life of the program.”

“The First Amendment ensures Dave, and every other American, can freely express his views on a matter of profound public concern without government punishment,” according to ADF Counsel Mathew Hoffman in a press release from the group.

The defendants allegedly failed, prior to terminating Bloch, to inform “him of the allegations against him, of any investigation into those allegations, of their HHB policy and procedures, or of his confidentiality rights” and allegedly failed to inform him “of his right to appeal their termination decision.”

“Coach Bloch never received a copy of any complaint against him,” Hoffman told Legal Insurrection, “nor did the Superintendent identify any allegedly ‘disparaging names.’ Coach Bloch never disparaged any student, but merely stated the truth: that males and females are different.”

The lawsuit names as defendants in their official capacities the Interim Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education, the Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association, the Windsor Central Supervisory Union Board, and the Superintendent of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union. The Superintendent is also named in her individual capacity.


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A Karenista has struck again. Toxic estrogenism will be the excuse I guess. The problem is that this is Vermont … present day Vermont. The State whose Medical Center ER booted out Mark Steyn for no apparent reason after it was determined he needed a blood transfusion. (I use ER as ED would better fit the beta males that apparently practice progressive medicine at the facility.

2smartforlibs | July 21, 2023 at 3:41 pm

When you have more than rhetoric about genders let me know until that time I will side with every breeder in history and say there are only 2.

not_a_lawyer | July 21, 2023 at 3:54 pm

“In my studies of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is …in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A variety of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” – Theodore Dalrymple

Cultural Marxism takes another life down

God created man and woman, Cultural Marxism created the rest

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Skip. | July 21, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    “God created man and woman, Cultural Marxism created imagined the rest”


If he were in the English department he could cite Milton: “Two great sexes animate the world.” (Paradise Lost)

In attempt to try to turn lemons to lemonade — if I were homeschooling my kids I think I would make this legal case a Case Study for them. Something with issues that are understandable, and au curràn. Ideally could follow along in real time

And learn from

I remember when people used to get fired for lying, now they get fired for telling the truth.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | July 21, 2023 at 6:02 pm

Apparently, Sherry Sousa does not know that a woman has a vagina. I would infer that Sousa has one.

Therefore, her ignorance makes her incapable of being in the education business.

But thank God she’s not a doctor.

E Howard Hunt | July 21, 2023 at 6:28 pm

I thought the whole idea of transgenderism was based on there being only two sexes. The transgender individual wants to self-mutilate and play act as the other.

    CommoChief in reply to E Howard Hunt. | July 21, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    Exactly. If female gender Jane wants to become male gender Joe that doesn’t increase the number of genders. Nor does it alter basic biological facts that biological men are in general, bigger, faster, stronger than biological women.

    This is absolutely true for individuals of equivalent athletic ability, training and preparation. Serena Williams was the best female tennis player in the world, probably ever, but she would defeated by her male counterpart as she admitted. In fact she lost regularly to the men she trained with, former college level tennis players who couldn’t cut it on the men’s professional circuit. Wishing and wanting won’t change biological facts.

healthguyfsu | July 21, 2023 at 9:46 pm

Not to miss the point, but what the hell does a school have a “snowboarding team” for?

    CommoChief in reply to healthguyfsu. | July 21, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Yankees like snow and winter sports. Makes sense to me given the weather.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | July 22, 2023 at 1:30 am

      When you move down the coast to the warmer zones, preferences change.
      Langley has a waterboarding team.

        CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | July 22, 2023 at 7:58 am

        Yeah, I met and worked with some of them on a couple of occasions in my former career. The Langley waterboarding team is co-ed, though barely so or used to be anyway.

    diver64 in reply to healthguyfsu. | July 22, 2023 at 6:46 am

    A whole bunch of high schools have a snowboarding team much like football, basketball etc. There are small ski areas within reach of most towns and they cut rate for the kids. You should be glad kids are going outside and getting exercise

inspectorudy | July 22, 2023 at 10:34 am

If I was the coach I would start planning my retirement with the huge award that I am going to receive from my lawsuit.