A teacher has been put on leave after refusing to use trans students’ pronouns, which opposes the school’s policy.
Byron ‘Tanner’ Cross, a gym teacher at Leesburg Elementary School, in Florida, US, spoke out against the trans-inclusive policies in a recent board meeting and as a result, he’s been placed on paid administrative leave, reports The Loundon Times-Mirror.
Discussing the decision in a 60 Minutes special, he argued that it goes against his religious beliefs.
Cross 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.”
The teacher then said that the students ‘felt led astray because of the lack of pushback or how easy it was to make physical changes to their bodies’ and it was ‘abuse to a child’.
One of the school’s policies, 8040, enforces that all staff use the ‘chosen name and gender pronouns’ of trans students, ‘regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record’.
Recently, a trans student from Georgia, US, has called out their school’s policy which would mean his preferred name wouldn’t be used at his graduation ceremony.
In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, the senior said it’s a ‘very important and personal’ step for him and is hoping school administrators will change their minds.
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