Loudoun School Board approves cancellation of teacher suspension

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The Loudoun County School Board has agreed to a permanent injunction banning revenge against Leesburg Elementary School Teacher Tanner Cross, a teacher suspended for speaking out against transgender policy 8040. Next action against him, but Cross and other teachers are still questioning 8040 in court.

“Today, the court has given the Loudoun County Public School Board a final injunction to permanently ban me from punishing me for freely expressing my views,” Cross said at a news conference after Monday’s disposition. “I can now confidently pursue teaching at Leesburg Primary School without fear of punishment for voicing my views.”

Policy 8040 requires school staff to refer students by their preferred pronouns, to open activities for students according to their gender identity, to allow students access to gender-specific facilities and to complete training on LGBTQ + students.

Tanner Krause, a physical education teacher at Leesburg Primary School, speaks at a press conference on November 15, 2021 in Leesburg, Virginia.
(Photo Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom)

In Settlement, School Board, Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler and Provisional Assistant Superintendent Lucia Villa Sebastian agreed to remove any reference to Cross’s suspension on his record, and obliged him to seek revenge against Cross for his speech at $ 8040,000. Legal fees. The settlement does not admit guilt on the part of the defendants.

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The school board meeting in May was suspended shortly after speaking against Cross 8040.

“I am a teacher, but I serve God first and I cannot affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it is against my religion. It lies to the child, it is abusive to the child and it is sin. It is against our God,” he said.

Byron Tanner Cross, teacher suspended for speaking out against transgender policy.

Byron Tanner Cross, teacher suspended for speaking out against transgender policy.
(LCPS)

“Teachers should not insist on promoting doctrines that are harmful to their students and which they believe to be false, and they certainly should not be silenced by commenting in public meetings,” said Tyson Langhofer, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm representing the Cross. Said in a statement On the settlement.

Courts have previously issued temporary injunctions for Cross, forcing Loudoun County Public Schools to reinstate them. In August, the court allowed the ADF to amend its initial complaint to add new claims against the 8040 and to include Loudoun County High School history teacher Monica Gill and Smart’s Mill Middle School English teacher Kim Wright. That part of the lawsuit against the board continues.

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Gill told LBL: “The freedom of speech and religion includes the freedom to speak out messages that are contrary to our core beliefs, and public schools do not require teachers to personally approve what they disagree with, but the 8040 policy does exactly that.” On Mondays. “It forces teachers to tell false and harmful things to students.”

Speaking at a press conference in Leesburg, Virginia on November 15, 2021, Loudoun County High School history teacher Monica Gill.

Speaking at a press conference in Leesburg, Virginia on November 15, 2021, Loudoun County High School history teacher Monica Gill.
(Photo Credit Alliance Defending Freedom)

“Words have meaning,” Gill said at a news conference. “If teachers insist on using a pronoun for a student who is incompatible with their biological sex, they will tell the student that gender is fluid and that is not true. It is contrary to biology, science and reality.”

Smarts Mill Middle School English teacher Kim Wright speaking at a press conference on November 15, 2021 in Leesburg, Virginia.

Smarts Mill Middle School English teacher Kim Wright speaking at a press conference on November 15, 2021 in Leesburg, Virginia.
(Photo Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom)

He also indicted 8040 for “allowing teachers to keep parents in the dark.”

A spokesman for LCPS told LBL that the office would not comment on pending litigation. School board members did not respond to LBL’ request for comment.

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