Loudoun County School Board Meeting Ends Abruptly After Angry Parents and Residents Protest Christian Teacher’s Suspension

Parents and residents stand outside in protest after Tuesday night’s meeting of the Loudoun County School Board in Ashburn, Va. (Screenshot credit: Tara Mergender, CBN News)

Virginia’s Loudoun County School Board decided to abruptly cut off all public comments during a meeting Tuesday night after residents and parents showed up to complain about the new transgender and critical race theory policy proposals. The outrage is also fueled by the board’s decision to appeal a court order to reinstate a teacher who spoke out against the suggested trans policy.

As CBN News reported last week, the fate of a northern Virginia elementary teacher’s job remains unclear after Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) said it would appeal a judge’s order to reinstate the educator.

Bryon “Tanner” Cross, who teaches physical education, was put on paid administrative leave after telling the school board he won’t address children by preferred pronouns because it violates his Christian beliefs.

As CBN’s Faithwire previously reported, Cross was also suspended for saying during an LCPS board meeting that he wouldn’t “lie” by telling students “that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa.”

District Judge James Plowman issued a temporary injunction last Tuesday defending Cross, stating that the teacher was exercising his right to free speech.

In a statement, LCPS said it “respectfully disagrees” with the court’s decision to issue the injunction and will appeal the ruling.

Loudoun County is now ground zero for a growing number of national debates on controversial school policies.

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