Dave Bloch, a snowboarding coach at Woodstock Union High School (WUHS) who was terminated from his position due to a conversation he had with some of his team members regarding gender and sports participation.
Bloch, a Roman Catholic, believes in the biological distinction between males and females, which is consistent with his faith and scientific evidence. Bloch shared his belief about the biological differences between men and women and how it can potentially give men an athletic advantage.
The conversation was respectful and lasted about three minutes.
The next day, Bloch received a notice of “immediate termination” from the school district superintendent, accusing him of violating policies related to hazing, harassment, and bullying.
Despite an incomplete investigation, Bloch was fired and barred from future coaching positions within the district.
In July 2023, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit to protect Bloch’s First and 14th Amendment rights. They say public schools should not terminate employees for respectfully expressing their opinions on matters of public concern.