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Coach Fired for Views on Males in Females’ Sports Wins Settlement 17x His Salary

Fired for discussing biological differences in sports, a Vermont snowboarding coach's case ends with a $75,000 settlement.

In a case that underscores the ongoing debate over transgender athletes’ participation in sports, David Bloch, a former Vermont high school snowboarding coach, has settled for a $75,000 payment but won’t return to his coaching position. While not a large sum of money, the settlement amount is seventeen times more than his coaching salary. Bloch’s dismissal from Woodstock Union High School after a decade of service for merely discussing the physical differences between male and female athletes highlights the flaws in school policies regarding free speech and fair competition.

The case, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), brings to the forefront the controversial issue of transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. Bloch, in a brief, reportedly constructive conversation, pointed out the undeniable biological advantages male bodies have over female bodies in athletic competitions. This observation, rooted in scientific fact rather than discrimination, led to his immediate dismissal by school Superintendent Sherry Sousa, citing a violation of policies against harassment based on gender identity. Sousa, it should be noted, has a gender-confused child.

This incident raises critical questions about the integrity of competitive sports and the rights of coaches and teachers to express their views. By equating Bloch’s factual statements about biological differences with harassment, the school district not only infringed on his freedom of speech but also ignored the potential implications of allowing biological males to compete in female sports categories. Such policies disadvantage female athletes.

Moreover, Superintendent Sousa’s decision to fire Bloch without considering less severe disciplinary actions reveals a troubling trend in educational institutions: the readiness to silence any dissenting voices on sensitive issues. This approach not only stifles healthy debate but also sends a chilling message to educators across the country about the consequences of voicing legitimate concerns.

The settlement Bloch received, while significant, does not compensate for the damage done to his reputation and career. Furthermore, the refusal to reinstate him as coach underscores the long-term impact of the school district’s hasty and disproportionate response. This case exemplifies the need for educational institutions to develop policies that balance the rights of all students and staff to express their views without fear of retribution.

As this debate continues to unfold nationwide, it is imperative that schools create environments where open, respectful discussions about transgender participation in sports can occur. Policies should protect the rights of gender-confused students without compromising the fairness and integrity of women’s sports. Furthermore, educators like Bloch should not be penalized for engaging in conversations rooted in biological facts and genuine concern for all students’ well-being.

The outcome of Bloch’s case may be seen as a victory for free speech and a cautionary tale for educational institutions. It highlights the need for a more balanced approach to addressing the complex issues surrounding transgender athletes in sports, ensuring that inclusivity does not come at the expense of fairness and open dialogue.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.