Court injunction against school teacher Enoch Burke after he resisted using the pronoun “she” to address students

A secondary school has obtained a Supreme Court injunction barring a teacher who refuses to address a student with the pronoun “she” from either visiting their premises or teaching any classes at the school while he is from remains suspended from his position.

The injunction was obtained by the Board of Management of Wilson’s Hospital School in Co. Westmeath on an ex parte basis against Mr Enoch Burke, who the court has been told is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of ongoing disciplinary proceedings present.

He was not sanctioned and no findings were made against him by the school.

His suspension stems from alleged behavior after he publicly objected to the school’s request that one of its students wishing to transfer use the pronoun “she” and a different name.

The school claims he has been on the school’s campus for the past few days despite his decision to suspend him, made at a meeting with his sister Ammi earlier this month, Ms Judge Siobhan Stack was told on Tuesday.

The school, represented in court by Rosemary Mallon Bl and retained by attorneys at Mason Hayes and Curran, applied for the injunction because it fears the teacher’s refusal to comply with the terms of its decision could be very disruptive .

The attorney said Mr Burke, who is from Co Mayo, has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a disciplinary hearing regarding allegations of misconduct against him.

The trial came after the teacher objected to a request by the school, based on a request from a student and their parents, earlier this year to address a student who wants to transfer by a different name, adding the pronoun “she.” use. instead of “he or she” going forward.

Mr. Burke, on the other hand, is alleged to have challenged the school’s position, saying that a belief system is being imposed on students and alleging that the school’s request is a violation of constitutional rights.

The school denied in writing to Mr Burke that anyone was being “forced” to do anything.

The school said it is focused on the needs and well-being of its students and reiterated its policy of not discriminating against any student, in accordance with the Equality Act 2000.

It says it has recognized Mr. Burke’s religious beliefs but expects him to communicate with the student in accordance with the wishes of the students and their parents.

The school claims that a service and dinner was held last June to mark the school’s 260th anniversary. It was attended by clergy, staff, past and present students, parents and board members.

It is alleged that Mr Burke interrupted the service and said that the Headmistress, Ms Niamh McShane, should retract the earlier claim regarding the student’s transition that he could not agree to transgenderism, saying it went against the ethos of the school and the Doctrine of the Church of Ireland.

The school alleges that after he spoke, members of the community and students left the school chapel.

It is alleged that Mr Burke was not seated at any table at the dinner that followed.

After the meal, he is said to have contacted the headteacher and again asked her to withdraw the application regarding the student.

The school alleges they said they would speak to Mr Burke at the appropriate time and place and walked away from him.

It is alleged that he continued to follow her and questioned her loudly.

Other people stood between them to prevent the continuation of his questioning; it is further claimed.

Disciplinary proceedings were instituted and reviewed by the Board as a result of Mr Burke’s alleged conduct, resulting in a decision to place him on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the proceedings.

The next phase of the trial is scheduled to take place in mid-September, the attorney said.

Despite being placed on administrative leave, which Mr Burke has called inappropriate, unfair and unlawful, the school claims he attended school.

When approached by a school official, Mr Burke said, “I’m here to work” and “I’m here to attend a meeting”.

The school. Multyfarnham Co Westmeath is home to the Church of Ireland Diocesan School for Meath and Kildare, fears Mr Burke will continue trying to teach his classes despite his decision.

It is alleged that if the complaints against Mr Burke are upheld, his presence at the school could have a negative impact on the school.

A substitute teacher has been hired to teach his classes while he remains suspended, the court heard.

Any attempt by Mr Burke to teach these classes could have a negative impact on students in those classes early in the school year, the school fears.

Ms Justice Stack granted the injunction preventing Mr Burke from visiting the school premises or teaching any classes or students at Wilson’s Hospital while he remains on paid administrative leave.

The judge said the restraining order should remain in effect until the matter returns to court next week.

Any request for an extension of the order may be submitted to the judge at the next hearing, the judge added.

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