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A Virginia public-school teacher who was placed on paid administrative leave after objecting to the district’s proposed transgender policy has sued the district, the Loudon Times-Mirror reported.

Byron “Tanner” Cross, a physical-education teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, objected at a school-board meeting last week to a proposed policy that would require teachers to refer to students by their preferred gender pronouns. The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Cross’s attorneys alleges the suspension violated his right to free speech.

Cross’s leave is “pending an investigation of allegations that [Cross] engaged in conduct that has had a disruptive impact on the operations of Leesburg Elementary School,” interim assistant superintendent Lucia Villa Sebastian wrote in a letter last week.

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The lawsuit names Sebastian, interim superintendent Scott Ziegler, and the Loudon County School Board as defendants. The district has not publicly confirmed that Cross was suspended because

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