A teacher who was placed on leave for not using trans students’ preferred pronouns is now suing school administrators.
Byron ‘Tanner’ Cross, a gym teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, in Florida, US, stated at a board meeting in May that he would ‘never affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa’.
As a result, he was told he would have to go on paid leave for arguing with the proposed policy, The Independent reports.
Following the decision, Cross has decided to sue the school and there is now a 25-page lawsuit, which was filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, who have presented similar cases.
The lawsuit reads: “Mr Cross used his constitutional right to speak up. The core of the constitutional liberty in a free society – the ability to comment on a public policy under consideration without fear of retaliation – is at stake in this case.”
In the filing, it’s also requested that Cross’ banishment from school grounds is ended and he can continue to attend school board meetings.
Cross has recently appeared in a 60 Minutes special, where he argued how the school administrator’s ruling goes against his religious beliefs.
He said: “It is not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready.
“We condemn school policies … because it will damage children, defile the holy image of God.”
He added: “I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences.
“I am 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.”
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