In a victory for free speech and academic freedom, a judge just ruled that Loudoun County teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross must be reinstated to his job.
Cross made national headlines after he slammed proposals that would bring transgender medical treatments into local Virginia schools and would force teachers to use students’ chosen pronouns, regardless of their biological sex. Cross said he wouldn’t use transgender students’ chosen pronouns, since they’re inconsistent with the biological sexes of the children.
Citing his deeply held religious beliefs, the elementary school physical education teacher said he believes the proposed transgender policies are both child abuse and sinful: “I’m a teacher, but I serve God first. 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 a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”
Cross voiced his concerns during the public comment period of a Virginia school