24 November, 2021

Once Again We Return to Loudoun County

Man, this is one screwed up school district.

Virginia Judge Sides With Teacher Suspended After Opposing Loudoun Transgender Policy, Can’t Be Punished for Beliefs | The Daily Wire

He was suspended for voicing his opinion on a proposed policy at a school board meeting.

Umm..isn’t that the point of school board meetings? To provide input on proposals so that they can be improved or discarded?

A Virginia judge granted a permanent injunction protecting the speech rights of a Loudoun County teacher who was placed on leave last May following remarks at a school board meeting about a proposed transgender policy.

The ruling blocks the Loudoun County School Board from punishing Tanner Cross, a physical education teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, for his views about Policy 8040, which is the district’s transgender policy. 

“Teachers shouldn’t be forced to promote ideologies that are harmful to their students and that they believe are false, and they certainly shouldn’t be silenced from commenting at public meetings,” said Tyson Langhofer, a lawyer with Alliance Defending Freedom who has been representing Cross.

“While we are very pleased that Tanner will be able to keep serving his students in light of this settlement, the concerns expressed in our ongoing lawsuit challenging the district’s policy remain,” he added.

Cross spoke up at a school board meeting in May, saying that he did not support Policy 8040, which was being considered at the time. Soon after the meeting, he was placed on administrative leave.

How did they think they could get away with this? This is a clear trampling of his First Amendment rights. It was at a school board meeting, not in class. He wasn’t out picketing in front of the school building. He didn’t even (as far as I can tell) say he would not adhere to the proposal if it passed. He said he shouldn’t have to, but didn’t say he wouldn’t.

This is tyranny. And we’re all just happy to go along.

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