Virginia Teacher Reinstated after Suspension over Opposing District’s Transgender Policy

Gym teacher Tanner Cross testifies before the school board in Loudoun County, Va., May 25, 2021. (WSLS10/via YouTube) “Nobody should be punished for expressing concern about a proposed government policy.”

A Virginia physical education teacher who was placed on administrative leave after he disputed his district’s transgender policies has been reinstated.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the Christian legal advocacy organization representing Byron “Tanner” Cross, announced on Twitter Tuesday the judge’s latest ruling in the lawsuit.

“Tanner Cross, a Virginia elementary school teacher and ADF client who was suspended for raising concerns to the board about a proposed gender policy, has won a temporary injunction and the judge has ordered his reinstatement. A massive victory for freedom of speech,” ADF’s statement read.

Cross was released after he voiced his opposition to a proposed district directive that would require faculty to acknowledge and address students by their preferred gender-identity pronouns “without any substantiating evidence.”

“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready. We condemn school policies [that] would damage children, defile the holy image of God,” Cross originally told the school board.

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