Law & Order

Christian PE Teacher Who Rejected Trans Policy Gets the Best of Loudoun County


A Loudoun County, Virginia, teacher who was suspended for publicly opposing a proposed transgender policy has won a decisive victory in his legal battle against the school district.

settlement was reached in the case of Leesburg Elementary School PE teacher Tanner Cross, according to a news release from Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Cross.

As part of the deal, references to Cross being suspended will be removed from his personnel file and the school district will pay Cross $20,000 to cover attorneys’ fees.

The school board had proposed a policy that would require students to be addressed by whichever pronouns they like and not according to their sex.

Cross said at a board meeting that he would not use transgender students’ preferred pronouns because of his religious convictions.

“I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences,” he said. “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.”

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