An Indiana foreign language teacher claims he was fired because he’s an atheist, but school officials say he’s just a bad teacher.
Kevin Pack, who taught German at Northridge High School, was officially fired in April for insubordination, immorality, and incompetence, reported The Elkhart Truth.
But he argues in a lawsuit filed Jan. 21 that he lost his job because he objected to proselytizing by Principal Gerald Rasler.
The former teacher claims Rasler asked him about his religious and political beliefs before he was hired, and he said the principal led teachers in Christian prayer before meals during faculty meetings.
Pack said he was not comfortable publicly challenging the principal because he was newly hired.
He said his relationship with the principal soured when he told Rasler in an email that he would rely on meteorologists’ predictions instead of praying that school would not be canceled by snow.
The former teacher eventually filed a complaint about the principal, and his suit claims the school district’s human resources department found that Rasler had engaged in prohibited religious conduct.
Superintendent Jane Allen argues that Pack was fired because he showed an R-rated movie that depicts a sadomasochistic relationship and another about a former teacher who married a showgirl.
Pack argues that he skipped past objectionable material in the movies, which he said had been left in the classroom by a previous teacher.
School officials also claimed that Pack used profanity and made an inappropriate joke about Jewish people during a discussion about the Holocaust.
Other teachers questioned Pack’s stability and teaching abilities, the superintendent claimed.
But an administrative law judge awarded Pack unemployment benefits, finding no evidence of insubordination.