Teacher suspended for refusing to recognize transgender students

Sabrina Howard, Staff Reporter

Last week, Bryon “Tanner” Cross, was placed on paid  leave from the Leesburg Elementary School, where he worked as a Physical Education teacher, because he stated in a speech directed to the school board that he will not affirm to a biological bot being a girl, vice versa.

 Cross went on to talk for the Board of Education and explained that he does  not feel it’s right lying to kids about what they could be. In his eyes, which he sees because of his religion saying so as well, is that a man born as a man should stay a man, and same for women. 

“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.”- Cross said in his speech. 

He also tried to make it clear that he doesn’t want to offend anyone, and this is just his belief and how he feels and he isn’t comfortable with lying to the children. 

“It’s not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready,” Cross said. “I love all of my students but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences”

Two days following this speech, the Board received  a letter from the school telling them that Cross was placed on administrative leave. 

As of yesterday ,June 1st, Cross’s attorney, Tyson Langopfher, then got involved. Lagophler made clear in a letter to the superintendent of the school, that Cross was to be able to return to school, without facing any punishment or retaliation or backlash. 

“Public schools have no business compelling teachers to express ideological beliefs that they don’t hold, but it’s beyond the pale to suspend someone simply for respectfully providing their opinion at a public meeting, which is what such meetings are designed for,” part of the letter read.