A 16-year-old Canadian high school student was arrested Monday for violating his suspension after protesting male students using women’s restrooms.
Josh Alexander, who describes himself as a “born-again Christian,” was suspended by St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Ontario because his continued attendance would be “detrimental to the physical and mental well-being” of transgender students,” the Epoch Times reports.
Alexander was suspended in November for reportedly organizing protests at the school and arguing that God made two immutable genders. The student also spoke out against the woke school’s policy of allowing trans students to use bathrooms that don’t line up with their biological sex, Fox News reports.
The student claims his principal told him he could return to school under the conditions that he stopped using trans students’ given names and did not attend classes with two trans students who were offended by his religious views.
While his suspension was supposed to be lifted in January, the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board “excluded” Alexander from attending classes for the remainder of the school year, according to Liberty Coalition Canada.
When Alexander attended anyway, he was arrested.
“I have just been arrested and charged at my Catholic high school for attending class after being excluded for indicating my intent to adhere to my religious beliefs,” the student wrote on Twitter.
I have just been arrested and charged at my Catholic highschool for attending class after being excluded for indicating my intent to adhere to my religious beliefs. pic.twitter.com/vTkaSoTnFp— Josh Alexander (@officialJosh_A) February 6, 2023
Fox reports that Alexander plans to appeal his suspension to the provincial human rights tribunal later this month.
“Offense is obviously defined by the offended,” Alexander said in an interview with The Epoch Times. “I expressed my religious beliefs in class and it spiraled out of control. Not everybody’s going to like that. That doesn’t make me a bully. It doesn’t mean I’m harassing anybody. They express their beliefs and I express mine. Mine obviously don’t fit the narrative.”
This is not the first time this student has boldly stood up for his beliefs. Fox reports that last year Alexander led students in support of the Canadian trucker’s convoy that was organized in response to the country’s tyrannical vaccine mandate.