Thursday, June 03, 2021

Suspended Teacher Who Opposed Policy On Transgender Students Sues

Suit was filed this week in a Virginia state trial court seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to require the Loudon County School Board to reinstate Bryon Cross, a teacher who was suspended for comments he made at a public school board meeting. The Motion and Memorandum in Support (full text) in Cross v. Loudon County School Board, (VA Cir. Ct., filed 6/1/2021) contend that Cross' free speech and free exercise rights were violated when he was placed on administrative leave for opposing a proposed policy that would require teachers to address students using the student's preferred pronoun. At the school board meeting, Cross said in part:

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 is against my religion. It's lying to a child. It's abuse to a child. And it's sinning against our God.

ADF issued a press release announcing the filing of the law suit.