Tanner Cross, a physical education teacher at a Leesburg elementary school, was suspended from his job after he spoke before the Loudoun County School Board about their proposed changes to their policies on transgender students. We previously wrote about the incident here.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is defending Cross. They have written the Loudoun School board asking them to rescind the suspension and “refrain from any future retaliation against protected speech.” The ADF letter said Tanner’s speech was protected by the First Amendment. They also stated:
[a]bsent the complete revocation of this suspension, Mr. Cross will be forced to pursue other legal options to safeguard his rights.”
Loudoun County School spokesman has refused comment on the grounds that litigation is pending although no litigation has been filed.
The board has also banned Cross from all Loudoun County Schools property, regardless of the event.
“[Y]ou may not attend any school-sponsored events on or off LCPS property.”
The school spokesman said they would not reinstate Cross to his job as the ADF letter requested.