Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By CNA Daily News - Europe (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Lawsuit claims Virginia teacher was suspended for objecting to 'preferred pronoun' policy 

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Andrii Zastrozhnov/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Jun 2, 2021 / 15:23 pm (CNA).

A Virginia teacher sued his school district this week, claiming he was unlawfully suspended for opposing the district’s proposed “preferred pronoun” policies.

The law firm Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against Loudoun County Public Schools on Tuesday on behalf of Tanner Cross, a teacher at Leesburg Elementary School. Cross said he was suspended from his position after objecting to two proposed school policies during the public comment period of a May 25 school board meeting. 

The proposed policies would require that students identifying as transgender be addressed by their preferred gender pronouns, rather than by the pronouns corresponding with their biological sex. 

Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel for ADF and director of its Center for Academic Freedom, said in a statement on Tuesday that public schools “have no business compelling teachers to express ideological beliefs that they don’t hold, nor do they have the right to suspend someone simply for respectfully providing their opinion at a public meeting.” 

“The school district favors a certain set of beliefs on a hotly contested issue, and it wants to force Tanner to cry uncle and endorse them as well,” Langhofer said. “That’s neither legal nor constitutional, and neither was the school’s move to place Tanner on leave.”

ADF obtained a May 27 letter from the school district stating that Cross was placed on administrative leave with pay “pending an investigation of allegations that [he] engaged in conduct that had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School.” The letter was dated two days after Cross made his objection at the public meeting.

Cross could not access school district property, nor could he attend “school-sponsored activities or extracurricular events,” the district said. 

In the lawsuit, ADF said that the district engaged in “viewpoint-based retaliation” in suspending Cross. 

Cross “endeavors to treat every person with dignity, love, and care,” but has “sincerely held religious beliefs” about gender that would make addressing students by chosen pronouns tantamount to lying, and would therefore “violate biblical commands,” the lawsuit stated. At the school board meeting, Cross spoke “in his personal capacity,” the lawsuit stated. 

A spokesperson for Loudoun County Public Schools confirmed to the Associated Press that Cross is on paid leave but declined to comment further on the matter.

ADF attorneys wrote to the school district last Friday, arguing that the district illegally retaliated against Tanner for expressing his beliefs in a public forum, and requesting that Tanner be reinstated. The school district stood by its decision, according to ADF, prompting the lawsuit.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.