A Christian physical education teacher in northern Virginia has been suspended after saying he will “never lie” to a student by affirming a person can be any sex other than that which corresponds with his or her biological makeup.
Bryon “Tanner” Cross made the comments during a Loudoun County school board meeting Tuesday, according to Fox News.
This elementary school teacher in VA was placed on leave after he gave this amazing speech to the Loudoun County school board refusing to "affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa". His name is Byron Tanner Cross and he’s a hero for standing up for kids. pic.twitter.com/KdCm78av0A
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 28, 2021
Cross was there to oppose a new policy within Loudoun County Public Schools requiring all staff to use students’ preferred pronouns and to allow transgender students to participate in sports activities however they identify, regardless of their biological sex.
The teacher began his brief remarks by saying he was “speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria.”
“’60 Minutes’ this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned,” Cross said, “but they felt led astray because of lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies in just three months. They are now de-transitioning.”
He said he believes the policy changes in question “will damage children [and] defile the holy image of God.”
The policy states 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.”
It goes on to state “the use of gender neutral pronouns are appropriate,” adding, “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.”
“I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences,” Cross asserted. “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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