Virginia teacher suspended for refusing to use preferred pronouns has court date set

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A Loudoun County, Va. teacher who stood up to leftist efforts to re-engineer Virginia schoolchildren’s thinking will be heard from in court on Sept. 7 and 8, reports ABC 7, KATV.

Tanner Cross spoke out against his school system’s proposed gender policy at a school board meeting, and just days later was “canceled,” suspended from his position for daring to speak out against leftist indoctrination.

The district’s proposed policy 8040 declares in part that “LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity.”

Cross is being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a lawsuit accusing Loudoun County Public Schools of violating the state constitution. The suit states that the district did this “when it punished Cross by retaliating against him for expressing his beliefs in a public forum,” and that it also violated his free exercise of religion by punishing him for his religious beliefs.

“I love all of my students, but I would never lie to them regardless of the consequences,” Cross said during a May 25 Loudoun County school board meeting. “I’m a teacher, but I serve God first and I will not affirm a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion, it’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

In June, Cross won a temporary injunction and a judge ordered his reinstatement. LCPS appealed that decision to the Virginia Supreme Court.


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