At the end of May, I covered the story of Tanner Cross, a teacher in Virginia’s loudly left-wing Loudoun County Public Schools district.
He’d come to a decision: He wouldn’t conform to the school’s transgender rules.
From Policy 8040:
LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record.
Acquiescence is a must:
School staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity. The use of gender-neutral pronouns are appropriate. Inadvertent slips in the use of names or pronouns may occur; however, staff or students who intentionally and persistently refuse to respect a student’s gender identity by using the wrong name and gender pronoun are in violation of this policy.
Tanner — an elementary P.E. teacher — stood before the board and offered the following:
“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone. But there are certain truths that we must face when ready. We condemn school policies…[that] would damage children, defile the holy image of God. I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them, regardless of the consequences. 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.”
Two days later, he was placed on paid leave.
Byron’s pastor at Cornerstone Chapel, Gary Hamrick, backed him from the pulpit:
“We’ve got to take back our schools. … Are we just to throw our arms up and surrender and retreat and let our country and our county and our kids be taken over by progressive, liberal, Marxist ideology? I mean, this is just…out of control. Someone steps up, free speech, lovingly talks about how, by his faith, he
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