Teacher suspended for speaking out against compelled pronouns REINSTATED

  • Teacher suspended for speaking out against compelled pronouns REINSTATED

Teacher suspended for speaking out against compelled pronouns REINSTATED

A Virginia state court judge on June 8 directed Loudoun County school system officials to withdraw their suspension and other disciplinary measures against a teacher who declined to use students' preferred pronouns.

Not only was Cross suspended for participating in a public event, but he was penalized with more than employment suspension, including the school board restricting him from school property. Plowman Jr.'s order, effective through December 31, found the board violated Cross's free speech and free exercise of religion rights.

Plowman granted Byron [Tanner] Cross, the PE teacher, the temporary injunction he sought.

The organization representing Tanner Cross praised Tuesday's decision, which required Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) to end the suspension it imposed on him after he made controversial comments about gender. The injunction will remain until December 31, 2021.

Ziegler, who holds degrees from Northwest Nazarene University, Cambridge College and Eastern Nazarene College, previously spent 15 years in the classroom as a special education and social studies teacher for Portsmouth Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

With the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Cross fought back by suing the school board. "Advocating for solutions they believe in should not cost them their jobs", Farris added.

Besides, the court ruled, Cross' speech was constitutionally protected because he was "speaking as a citizen, not in his official capacity" and "during non-working hours" at "a forum where public comment was invited". That's neither legal nor constitutional. "Dozens of other teachers have shared their beliefs on various policies without retaliation; Tanner deserves to be treated with the same respect".

LCPS placed Cross, who is a gym teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, on paid administrative leave on 27 May after he spoke out in opposition to the school board's trans-inclusive policies. "But they felt led astray because lack of pushback, or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies in just 3 months. They are now detransitioning".

Critics say that the 60 Minutes segment disproportionately emphasized out-of-context detransitioning stories over more typical, positive transitioning experiences. In pursuit of false gender identities, men and women have permanently mutilated their bodies, only to later reject the transgender identity.

"It's not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready", Cross insisted. We condemn school policies like 8040 and 8035 because it will damage children, defile the holy image of God.

He continued: "LCPS should not require me to violate my conscience and lie to my students".

He said he would never "affirm that a biological boy can be a girl, and vice versa". The letter vaguely stated the school district was investigating "allegations that you engaged in conduct that has had a disruptive impact on the operations" of his school.

He called the board's decision to suspend Cross "an unconstitutional action" that "has silenced others from speaking publicly on the issue", according to The Washington Post.

It is heartening to see Cross restored to work after LCPS egregiously violated his rights.