Teacher Reinstated After Being Suspended for Refusing To Call Transgender Student by Their Correct Pronouns | 22 Words

A teacher that was suspended for misgendering a trans student has been reinstated at the same school.

Gym teacher, Byron 'Tanner' Cross, who works at Leesburg Elementary School in Virginia, claimed his religious beliefs prevented him from referring to the student by their preferred pronouns. 

This contradicts the school's policy, which states: "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."

Yet Fox News reports that Judge James E. Plowman has since overturned the school's decision, declaring he has the right to free speech.

As per Fox News, Judge Plowman wrote: "The Court has found...that the disruption relied upon was insufficient.

"Balancing all of the factors and weighing the facts presented, the Plaintiff's interest in expressing his First Amendment speech outweigh the defendant's interest in restricting the same."

Plowman argued that Cross would win if the case was brought to trial, and ordered the school to reinstate him...

As per Daily Mail, Cross commented on the ruling, stating: "We're so happy. There were lots of tears, lots of hugs - we're just happy we were reinstated and I look forward to going back to serving Leesburg Elementary."

Cross justified his decision to misgender the child by citing his religious beliefs.

Cross stated: "I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria.

"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."

Following the meeting, Principal Shawn Lacey confirmed Cross had been placed on leave with pay until December 31, writing...

"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."