Loudoun County, Virginia, witnessed a major uproar during a new school board meeting after police stormed into the heated debate and arrested a group of parents who were criticizing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the ideological imposition of gender theories on children.
The parents met at a Virginia school board meeting on Tuesday, June 22, following weeks of protests by various groups to express their concerns about the imposition of left-wing ideas on their children.
Concern over the issue is nothing new and encompasses a host of contentious issues through which leftist ideologies seek to indoctrinate more children.
Specifically, the issue in dispute this time was the Loudoun school board’s intended new policies for transgender students and teachers.
As Fox News reported, the dispute became a hot-button issue over the past few weeks, so much so that 259 residents signed up to speak during Tuesday’s public comment session and people lined up at the doors early to get seats in the packed auditorium.
The first half-dozen speakers supported proposed policy 8040, which requires teachers to use a child’s preferred gender pronouns, but conflict erupted when the seventh speaker, who identified herself as the mother of a transgender student, asserted that “hate” was “dripping from the followers of Jesus in this room.”
The mother’s comments were booed by the Christian parents present who felt the speaker’s remarks were an affront.
Later a student who was applauded by much of the audience argued that “We have separate bathrooms because of what our bodies do in them. Bodies matter. Calling girls bigots because they don’t want to use the toilet and a stall next to a boy or get undressed next to a boy is cruel and wrong,” said the student.
Discussions on CRT then began, even though it was not included in the agenda, which generated a new moment of tension in the meeting especially after the presentation of former Republican Virginia state senator Dick Black, who spoke against the implementation of CRT in Loudoun schools.
After a five-minute recess, Dick Black continued his speech by criticizing the board for its supposed endorsement of the policies, as well as its push to include critical race theory, which sees racism as systemic in social structures, while critics claim the concept forges a narrative that sows ethnicity, racial divisions and more hatred among citizens.
He also criticized the board for its treatment of Byron “Tanner” Cross, a Leesburg elementary school teacher who was suspended and then reinstated last month after saying during a May 25 board meeting that he would not recognize that “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa” because of his Christian faith.
After several tense moments following the extensive discussions, the president of the board, Brenda Sheridan, decided to cancel the session. This provoked the anger of those present, ending with some scuffles and the intervention of the police. Several parents who refused to leave and remained willing to continue the discussions to define some of the unfinished points were arrested.