H-SC reinstates professor who said he was fired for criticizing transgender bathrooms

FARMVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — A former professor at Hampden-Sydney College who claimed he was fired because he opposes the so-called transgender bathroom bill has accepted a one-year contract with the school.

H-SC made the announcement on the college’s Facebook page Thursday evening:

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Prior to signing on for one more year with H-SC, General William “Jerry” Boykin said on Facebook he was terminated after nine years with the college for criticizing the controversial bill that seeks to allow transgender individuals to use public restrooms.

“The bottom line is that I oppose these so called “‪#‎Bathroom‬” bills that let men go into women’s locker rooms, showers, and toilets and I have been very public about it. When I said in Orlando that “…the first man who goes in the restroom with my daughter will not have to worry about surgery”, the LGBT community once again came after me, claiming that I was calling for violence against ‪#‎transgender‬ people.”

Gen. Boykin went on to say that he never called for violence against anyone, and that the college eventually caved into the pressures from the LGBT community calling for his termination.

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Click here to read Gen. Boykin’s entire Facebook post.

In a statement to 8News, Hampden-Sydney College said it wished to clarify “misinformation” that was circling regarding Gen. Boykin’s termination:

General Boykin was a part-time adjunct faculty member serving as the Wheat Professor, employed on a year-to-year basis. The Wheat Professorship was created to be a rotating position, allowing Hampden-Sydney to bring distinguished individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds to the campus. Given the rotating nature of the Wheat Professorship, it is inaccurate to suggest that General Boykin was fired. It is also an injustice to General Boykin’s service to Hampden-Sydney and its students. We are grateful for the contributions General Boykin made to our educational mission and the impact he had on our students. We look forward to the exciting contributions to be made by future Wheat Professors who will follow General Boykin in this distinguished role.

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