Virginia teacher asks judge to lift suspension of comments on transgender pronouns – NBC4 Washington
A teacher in Virginia has stepped up his fight with a school board over how to reach transgender students. He has asked a judge to lift his suspension while his trial proceeds.
Tanner Cross was suspended last week after expressing his objection to a proposed policy on how to address transgender students. Cross told the Loudoun County School Board he believed the policy was “child abuse.”
The physical education teacher filed a lawsuit against the school board earlier this week, claiming he was being punished for exercising his First Amendment rights and went to Leesburg court in the hope that a judge lift his suspension while the prosecution is pending in court.
The judge’s decision is expected Monday.
Cross told the school board last week that he couldn’t comply with a proposed policy that would violate his beliefs.
He was suspended 48 hours later and was told he had engaged in behavior that disrupted the operations of Leesburg Elementary School where he teaches.
Cross told the council that his religious beliefs would prevent him from addressing students by chosen pronouns rather than those that match their biological sex.
In remarks that lasted less than a minute, Cross told the board he doesn’t believe a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa. He called it child abuse and sin against God.
The school board has so far not commented on the suspension or prosecution. The proposed policy against Cross is one of two that have yet to come into effect.
Cross was expected at a rally at a church in Leesburg after Friday night’s hearing.