An Irish teacher sacked over a row about transgender pronouns has returned to the premises a day after being arrested for ostracism at the school.

Enoch Burke was previously jailed for failing to comply with a court order during which he was suspended from work.

He was suspended last year after several incidents at the request of the secondary school principal.

Mr. Burke on several occasions resisted the principal’s request to address a transgender child by his name and to refer to him with the pronoun “she.”

Mr. Burke was fired from his position on Friday.

Regardless, he went to Wilson Hospital School in County Westmeath two days in a row – on Tuesday and Wednesday – and was refused entry by staff on both occasions.

Mr Burke was arrested on Tuesday, released, then seen on school grounds in the afternoon before leaving.

A day later, Mr Burke’s father dropped him off at school but the former teacher was barred from re-entering the building.

Enoch Burke leaving Wilson's Hospital in Westmeath.  Mr Burke, who was previously suspended from work after failing to comply with a court order banning him from attending a hospital school in Wilson in Co Westmeath, was sacked as a teacher last Friday. It was reported.  Photo date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
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Mr. Burke’s father chased him away after he wouldn’t go inside.

Mr. Burke was seen on the school grounds in the rain and outside the school writing in a notebook.

He was then seen leaving in a car with his father.

The evangelical Christian was suspended on full pay last year pending the outcome of a disciplinary process.

Subsequent events led to his suspension.

A disciplinary hearing was held last week and a member of Mr Burke’s family released a statement on his behalf on Friday, saying he had been sacked.

Mr Burke rejected his dismissal, saying he had a right to work and that he had been “wrongfully” arrested for the breach on Tuesday.

He said: “It’s not trespassing to come into your workplace, it’s not trespassing at all.”

Enoch Burke went to school at Wilson's Hospital in Co Westmeath
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Mr. Burke was found hanging in the school grounds.

He told reporters that the “intended disciplinary meeting” and subsequent “intended dismissal” were not effective for months, and said he was still an employee of the school.

He added: “I’m here to work, here to do my job, as every teacher and every civil servant and every employee in the country has every right to do.”

The school declined to comment when contacted by Sky News.



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