Virginia elementary school gym teacher gets leave after telling school board he will refuse to confirm transgender children because it is against his religion as a Christian
- Byron Tanner Cross spoke to a Loudoun County school board on Tuesday
- He contested two policies adopted by the school board
- The first forces staff to respect transgender children by the pronouns they identify with
- With the other, trans kids can exercise in the gender group they identify with, regardless of the gender of their birth
- Cross said both policies would harm the children and go against his religion as a Christian
- He didn’t say why – but said they amounted to ‘child abuse’ and said he ‘loved all his students’
- Some called it “shameful” and said he was exercising his rights as the First Amendment
- The school has not indicated how long he will be on leave or whether he will be paid
A Virginia elementary school teacher has been put on leave after telling the school board that he would not confirm trans children because it goes against his religion as a Christian.
Byron Tanner Cross delivered a speech at the Loudoun County school council meeting on Tuesday.
He spearheaded two policies put in place by the public school administration; one that forces teachers to use the pronouns that a transgender child identifies with, and one that allows transgender children to exercise in the gender group they identify with.
Cross said the policy “defiles the sacred image of God” and constitutes child abuse.
My name is Tanner Cross and I speak out of love for those who suffer from gender dysphoria.
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Byron Tanner Cross delivered a speech to the Loudoun County school board on Tuesday
60 Minutes last Sunday interviewed more than 30 young people who passed over, but they felt led astray because of the lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies … fire.
“I don’t mean to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths we need to face when we’re ready.
‘We condemn the school policy [that] harm children, defile the holy image of God.
‘I love all my students, but I will never lie to them, regardless of the consequences.
‘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.
“It lies to a child, it is an abuse of a child and it sins against our God,” he said.
Shortly after the meeting, Shawn Lacey, director of Leesburg Elementary, sent an email to the parents stating that Cross was on leave.
It is unclear how long the leave will last.
“I’ll be in touch to let you know that one of our physical education teachers, Tanner Cross, is on leave this morning. In his absence, his duties will be performed by deputy staff already working in our building, ”he said.
Local response to the school’s decision has been mixed.
Loudon County, home to approximately 400,000 people, has become a microcosm of the issues that divide America today – critical race theory, transgender rights, gay rights, and freedom of speech.
Parents have lately been armed with recent school board decisions to promote diversity and, in the opinion of parents, to temper free speech and abolish tradition.
They say that when they speak out on something, the school board tries to ‘cancel’ them.
Many parents praise Tanner as a hero and say he exercised his first modification rights.
Others who have seen the video online say it is transphobic, harmful to children and should not teach.
Ian Prior, spokesman for Unsilenced Majority, an organization created to undo culture and defend freedom of speech, told DailyMail.com Friday, “ It’s a shame what Loudoun County Public Schools did to this teacher for has expressed his beliefs to the school board.
He exercised his right to free speech in the First Amendment and to petition the government, and this action against him is a clear message from Loudoun County public schools that it does not welcome and does not welcome any other views. inclusive for those exercising their constitutional rights. ‘