Christian Teacher On Leave After Declaring Transgender Affirmation Is “Lying to Kids,” Against His Religion

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A Christian teacher in Virginia is under fire after declaring during a school board meeting that he will “never lie” to a student by affirming anything other than their biological gender.

According to Fox News, Byron “Tanner” Cross, a gym teacher with Leesburg Elementary School made the statement last week at a Loudoun County school board meeting Tuesday.

Cross spoke during the meeting regarding a policy requiring all staff to use students’ preferred pronouns and to allow students to participate in school sports according to their chosen gender.

The policy requires that 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,” the policy goes on. “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.”

Cross addressed those in attendance, telling other Loudon County school staff that he was “speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria.”

He mentioned a recent 60 Minutes profile of over 30 ex-transgender youth who “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.”

Cross went on, stating that the school policy “will damage children [and] defile the holy image of God.”

“I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences,” he declared. “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.”

Although the school did not confirm that Cross was placed on leave resulting from his statement, he was nonetheless suspended with pay from Leesburg Elementary School, according to Principal Shawn Lacey.

“In his absence, his duties will be covered by substitute staff already working in our building,” Lacey wrote in an email to parents in the district. “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.”

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