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Watch: Va. School District Appealing Teacher's Return After Opposing Pronoun Policy

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday July 8, 2021

Loudoun County Public Schools district placed elementary gym teacher Byron "Tanner" Cross on leave after he spoke out against the school's preferred pronoun policy and likened the policy to child abuse.

"I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences," he said, in a recorded video of the school board meeting. "I'm 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's against my religion, it's lying to my child, it's abuse to a child and it's sinning against our God."

After the district suspended Cross, a judge ordered Loudoun County to reinstate Cross. Now the school district is looking to appeal that decision, NBC News reported.

"A spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools said on Thursday the district is appealing the court's decision to the Virginia Supreme Court, but said he could not comment further on pending litigation," NBC reports. The Alliance Defending Freedom, representing Cross, said in a statement that there is "no reason" for the Virginia Supreme Court to accept the appeal.

"Public schools have no right to suspend someone simply for respectfully providing their opinion at a public meeting," said senior attorney Tyson Langhofer in a statement. "The school district wants to force Tanner to endorse its ideals and shut down any opposing views. That violates the Constitution and laws of Virginia, and so did the school's move to place Tanner on leave."

A spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools confirmed the request for appeal and would not comment further on pending litigation.