Judge James E. Plowman Jr. ruled Tuesday, June 8, that a Virginia teacher be reinstated to his position. He was suspended for refusing to address transgender students with pronouns other than their biological sex and for saying children are being abused by these gender policies, The Western Journal reported.
According to NBC, the court ruled in favor of physical education teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross, saying the school district must allow him to return to his position at Loudoun County Public Schools.
Judge Plowman Jr. wrote that he granted the injunction because Cross’s speech rights and religious freedom are central to the case.
After his comments at a county school board meeting last month, Cross was suspended from Leesburg Elementary School in Virginia. He referenced a recent “60 Minutes” report that featured individuals suffering from gender dysphoria who regretted gender transition surgery.
“My name is Tanner Cross and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria,” Cross told the board, according to Fox News.
He continued: “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.
“I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I’m a teacher but I serve God first and 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.”
His speech came as Loudoun County Public Schools is considering making a policy that would force staff and students to refer to people by their preferred pronouns, regardless of their biological sex.
After he was suspended on leave, Cross filed a lawsuit against the school board and said he was being punished for exercising his First Amendment rights.
An attorney for the school system said the principal of Leesburg Elementary had to remove Cross because he feared a backlash from parents, even though Cross respectfully objected to the proposed policies.
According to The Western Journal, Cross said, “When I spoke, I was thinking about my values, my students, my parents and my fellow teachers. The truth is I’m not alone. Many of us are concerned that proposed policies would harm students and require us to violate our beliefs by saying things that are not true.”
Court documents say “an aggrieved party” has 15 days to ask the court to review the ruling.
The school district said later Tuesday that it had no comment on the ruling.
Cross’s suspension and reinstatement are one of many controversies surrounding the school district.
For several months, some parents have opposed the implementation of critical race theory (CRT), another leftist policy that teaches U.S. history in schools and colleges based on Marxist critical race theory. District officials defended their treatment on “equity issues.”
The progressive and leftist agenda is increasingly installed in U.S. educational institutions.
This leads many parents to opt for homeschooling with content they can choose to avoid the indoctrination of their children with CRT. The growing preference for this teaching method—which is legal throughout the country—is detected in the Homeschool.com portal, which has experienced an increase of more than 300% in traffic compared to the previous year.