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Leesburg teacher on leave after refusing to say “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa"

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A Christian physical education teacher from Leesburg has been placed on administrative leave after voicing his opposition to new transgender-affirming policies pushed by the school district.

Byron “Tanner” Cross, the teacher, made a defiant speech in which he said he would not “lie” to his students by affirming that “a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa.”

The teacher made the decisive declaration during a school board meeting on Tuesday, Fox News reported.

In his speech, Cross brought to light his opposition to transgender school policies that make it mandatory for teachers to use a student’s preferred gender pronouns and to let them take part in activities consistent with their gender identity.

“My name is Tanner Cross, and I am speaking out of love for those who are suffering from gender dysphoria,” Cross began his speech.
“60 Minutes' this past Sunday interviewed over 30 young people who transitioned, but they 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,” the teacher continued.

“It's not my intention to hurt anyone, but there are certain truths that we must face when ready. I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. 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,” the teacher concluded based on a report by The Blaze.

What happened next?

After the speech Leesburg Elementary Principal Shawn Lacey sent out an email shown to Fox News in which parents were informed that Cross was now on administrative leave.

“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. 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,” Lacey wrote in the email.

Fox News also has confirmation about the email from Loudon County Public Schools.

“The contents of personnel files are confidential under state and federal law. I cannot comment other to say that Mr. Cross is on administrative leave with pay,” the spokesperson stated about the Leesburg incident.

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