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Virginia Teacher Suspended for Disputing 'Biological Boy Can Be a Girl & Vice Versa'

Leesburg Elementary teacher Byron 'Tanner' Cross described it as 'lying to a child'

 on 29th May 2021 @ 1.00am
leesburg elementary teacher byron  tanner  cross has been suspended © press
Leesburg Elementary teacher Byron 'Tanner' Cross has been suspended

A Virginia school teacher has been suspended for disputing the far-left narrative that "a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa," according to reports.

During an explosive speech before the school board, Leesburg Elementary teacher Byron 'Tanner' Cross slammed the left-wing talking point as "lying to a child."

Cross asserted that school policies should reflect proven scientific facts rather than political ideals.

During a Loudoun County school board meeting Tuesday, teacher Cross voiced his opposition to the district's radical policies surrounding gender.

"My name is Tanner Cross and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria," Cross told the board.

He went on to discuss a "60 Minutes" special about the issue.

the teacher disputed the radical left talking points about gender  arguing kids should be taught science © press
The teacher disputed the radical-Left talking points about gender, arguing kids should be taught science

"'60 Minutes' this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned but they felt led astray because of lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies," he said.

"They are now 'detransitioning'.

"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," he told the board.

"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."

WATCH:

Fox News obtained an email via the group Parents Against Critical Theory. Sent Thursday, it announced Cross' leave from Leesburg Elementary.

Principal Shawn Lacey told recipients: "I'm contacting you to let you know that one of our physical education teachers, Tanner Cross, is on leave beginning this morning.

"In his absence, his duties will be covered by substitute staff already working in our building."

The principal continued, "I wanted you to know this because it may affect your student's school routine.

"Because this involves a personnel matter, I can offer no further information."

It's unclear why exactly Cross was put on leave. Loudoun County Public Schools confirmed to Fox News that Lacey sent the email.

the news comes amid fierce debate about transgender athletes who have been dominating female sports events © press
The news comes amid fierce debate about transgender athletes who have been dominating female sports events

Spokesman Wayde Byard noted, however, that "the decision to place an employee on leave is not the principal's."

Byard also told Fox News: "The contents of personnel files are confidential under state and federal law.

"I cannot comment other to say that Mr. Cross is on administrative leave with pay."

The news came amid a raging debate over ideas surrounding race and gender identity in one of the nation's wealthiest counties. 

Cross had referred to policy 8040, which required Loudoun staff to use preferred pronouns.

"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," it read.

"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."

Another policy, 8350, stated that LCPS staff "shall allow gender-expansive and transgender students to participate in such activities in a manner consistent with the student’s gender identity."

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