A Virginia gym teacher who was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred pronouns must go back to work, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
Byron “Tanner” Cross was suspended and banned from school grounds after he said at a Loudoun County Public Schools meeting last month that he wouldn’t recognize “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa” because of his Christian faith.
Judge James E. Plowman of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Virginia granted Cross a temporary injunction in a seven-page order, and criticized the school district for the suspension coming only three weeks before end of the school year.
“Action could certainly have been taken by the Defendants that did not rise to this extreme,” the judge wrote in the ruling, obtained by The Loudoun Times-Mirror.
Plowman said in his order that an email blast to Leesburg Elementary School parents about the suspension was “unnecessary and vindictive” so close to the end of the