Loudoun County teacher Tanner Cross spoke up at a school board meeting against a proposal to force transgender medical treatments into local schools, and was suspended. Rather than accept the unfair targeting, Cross is suing the district with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom.
“That is a clear and unqualified violation of the First Amendment,” noted ADF Senior Counsel Ryan Bangert. “All citizens have the right in the First Amendment to speak their mind about proposed government policy. We have the right to redress grievances with our government. We have the right to speak freely on issues of public concern. And that’s all Mr. Cross was doing.”
After using his free time to speak at a public meeting, Cross was suspended from his job and banned from school property. To Bangert, it is clear that Cross was punished due to his beliefs: “The school district retaliated against him purely because he exercised his First Amendment right to speak on an