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The Suspension Of A Teacher Who Stated That He Will Not Use Transgender Pronouns Has Been Lifted By A Judge.
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The Suspension Of A Teacher Who Stated That He Will Not Use Transgender Pronouns Has Been Lifted By A Judge.


A Virginia judge has ruled that a teacher who was suspended for telling a school board that he would not use the preferred pronouns of transgender students should be reinstated.

Judge James E. Plowman Jr. ruled on Tuesday that Byron "Tanner" Cross, a teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, must be allowed to return to work after the school's principal suspended him in late May for objecting to a proposed policy on how to address transgender students.

The policy would allow transgender students to use their preferred names and gender pronouns, but Cross, a physical education teacher, claims it violates his religious beliefs.

“I am a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl, and vice versa, because it is against my religion, lying to a child, abusing a child, and sinning against our God,” Cross said last month to the Loudoun County School Board, according to NBC 4.

During a court hearing on Friday, an attorney for Loudoun County Schools stated that the principal of Cross' school was concerned about a backlash from parents and fired Cross.

Cross' refusal to use preferred pronouns could jeopardize a child's safety, according to Chris Candice Tuck, vice president of Equality Loudoun, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy group.

“Religion doesn’t factor in here; it’s the safety and well-being of a child,” Tuck, who is transgender and has two children, told WTHR. “As a parent in Loudoun County, it doesn’t matter what my children are; they should be cared for, affirmed, and kept safe by their teachers, staff, and faculty. That’s what we trust them to do.

Plowman ruled on Tuesday that Cross' comments are protected speech and that the district could not show that his comments caused a disruption in school operations.

Cross has also filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging infringement on his First Amendment rights.

“When LCPS suspended Tanner, they crossed a line, which is why we went to court,” Cross’ attorney, Tyson Langhofer, told NBC 4.

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