Teacher gets job back despite refusal to use students’ preferred pronouns

10 Juin, 2021, 02:08 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Loudoun County School Board meeting video screenshot

The court instructed Loudoun County Public Schools to "immediately reinstate" Mr Cross and rescind its ban barring him from school grounds while his lawsuit goes forward.

"LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student's permanent educational record", a draft of the policy explains. Plowman Jr.'s order, effective through December 31, found the board violated Cross's free speech and free exercise of religion rights.

Cross sparked an uproar last month when he told LCPS' school board that he wouldn't "affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it's against my religion".

He continued: "LCPS should not require me to violate my conscience and lie to my students".

While school districts across the country may seek to enforce transgender ideology, this ruling sends a clear message that school districts can not retaliate against employees who voice their disagreement with transgenderism.

In a letter Tuesday, Twelfth Circuit Judge James E. Plowman ordered LCPS to restore Cross' position as a physical education teacher at Leesburg Elementary School.

Judge Plowman added that "it is clear the plaintiff was speaking as a citizen, not in his official capacity", on a "matter of public concern".

Elementary school teacher Byron "Tanner" Cross was suspended May 27 after briefly speaking against a proposal to require teachers in the Northern Virginia public school system to address students by their preferred pronouns, rather than only by those indicating male or female gender.

Cross's attorney argued it was his client's right under the First Amendment of the Constitution to express his views at the public meeting.

" "4 membres d’une famille musulmane tués, un acte " prémédité " — Canada
Une veillée à la mémoire des victimes est prévue mardi en début de soirée dans une mosquée de la ville. En janvier 2017, un suprémaciste, Alexandre Bissonnette, avait fait feu sur des fidèles de la mosquée.

Canada prepares to ease quarantine rules for vaccinated travelers
Every month since March 2020, Canada and the US have extended the border restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. The border between the two nations has been closed to most non-essential travel since the start of the pandemic.

Ben Roberts-Smith's defamation case begins
Nine withdrew the allegation it was unlawful just one month before the trial without an apology, Mr McClintock said. Mr Roberts-Smith, his lawyers say, saw Person 10 had been shooting toward a woman and child.

"My kids know I'm transgender, and many of our friends are transgender", Cris Candice Tuck, a trans parent of a 6-year-old son in Loudon, told the outlet.

"Nobody should be punished for expressing concern about a proposed government policy, especially when the government invites comment on that policy", stated Michael Farris, president and CEO of the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented Cross.

"School officials singled out his speech, offered in his private capacity at a public meeting, as "disruptive" and then suspended him for speaking his mind", Farris said.

Cross believes using someone's preferred pronouns can "damage" them and "defile the holy image of God".

"Dozens of other teachers have shared their beliefs on various policies without retaliation; Tanner deserves to be treated with the same respect", the ADF president concluded.

Cross told the school board meeting on 25 May that he would not follow the policies because they oppose his religious beliefs.

Not only was Cross suspended for participating in a public event, but he was penalized with more than employment suspension, including the school board restricting him from school property.

"The Court agrees with Plaintiff's analysis and concludes that Defendants' actions to suspend the Plaintiff, as well as the additional restrictions placed upon him, adversely affected his constitutionally protected speech", wrote the judge.

Conseillé:

  • Peru election: Pedro Castillo gains last-minute lead

    Peru election: Pedro Castillo gains last-minute lead

    Far-left presidential candidates are also in front in early election polls in Chile and Colombia, where unrest has been mounting. Her father is serving a 25-year sentence for graft and human rights abuses and remains a divisive figure in Peruvian politics.
    Vice President Kamala Harris heads to Guatemala and Mexico

    Vice President Kamala Harris heads to Guatemala and Mexico

    Harris will also meet civil society leaders and entrepreneurs in Guatemala and then go to Mexico. She confirmed that the United States would supply half a million COVID-19 doses to Guatemala.
    Ontario reports 663 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 10 additional deaths

    Ontario reports 663 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, 10 additional deaths

    Ontario says 158,393 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Saturday's report for a total of almost 10 million doses. The Ministry of Health said of the 536,082 cases since January 15, 518,860 have been resolved while 8,854 people have died.
  • Ontario reports 411 new COVID-19 cases

    Ontario reports 411 new COVID-19 cases

    There are now 3,180 cases with a variant of concern, largely the B.1.1.7 variant that originated in the United Kingdom . The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary .
    Coronavirus: 271 new cases confirmed in Ireland

    Coronavirus: 271 new cases confirmed in Ireland

    Our immediate goal is to get as many people as possible fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as we can. The latest Department of Health dashboard also reveals that there have been no further deaths in the last 24 hours.
    Tourisme: Les personnes vaccinées bienvenues en Espagne

    Tourisme: Les personnes vaccinées bienvenues en Espagne

    Le pays ibérique a annoncé, ce lundi, une réouverture de ses frontières aux touristes vaccinés provenant du monde entier. Les ressortissants de quelques autres pays, comme la Chine ou le Japon, sont, eux aussi, exemptés de toute restriction.
  • Australian police arrest over 200 after cracking underworld messaging app

    Australian police arrest over 200 after cracking underworld messaging app

    The operation has led to the prevention of "tonnes" of illicit substances from coming into Australia, Commissioner Kershaw said. Police also seized assets in Australia which authorities estimated would be worth millions of dollars once they were sold.
    IOS 15 Will Let You Share Health Data With Family, Doctors

    IOS 15 Will Let You Share Health Data With Family, Doctors

    This new feature allows users to share their screens with others, including while watching television and movies or while gaming. These updates and others will be available to developers starting today with a public beta scheduled for release in July.
    Deadly train crash claims 32 lives in Sindhs Ghotki

    Deadly train crash claims 32 lives in Sindhs Ghotki

    At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured Monday in a train crash in southern Pakistan , police said. But the network has seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.
  • Emmanuel Macron giflé par un homme lors d’un déplacement officiel — France

    Emmanuel Macron giflé par un homme lors d’un déplacement officiel — France

    L'ancien président socialiste François Hollande a déploré sur Twitter "un coup insupportable et intolérable à nos institutions". Emmanuel Macron poursuit malgré tout son déplacement dans la Drôme: il se trouve à Valence depuis le début de l'après-midi.
    3 dead, 6 others hurt in shooting at Florida gradation party

    3 dead, 6 others hurt in shooting at Florida gradation party

    Freddy Ramirez, the director of Miami-Dade Police Department, spoke of his sadness and anger at the waves of shootings. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued a statement in which she said she was "horrified" by the tragedy.

    Scarborough woman who went missing in Papineau Lake found dead

    Simon and Gordon were at the Turkey Point marina on Sunday morning when the OPP's underwater search and recovery unit arrived. A search commenced and resumed Sunday with the assistance of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.


Populaire

OIL AND GAS: Developer cancels Keystone XL pipeline
But a fatal blow came in January , when President Biden revoked the pipeline's permit to cross the U.S. The Alberta government expects losses to be within the range of $1.3B.

USA to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally
Biden hinted at the announcement before boarding Air Force One bound for Britain to meet with leaders with the Group of 7 nations. The administration is also using the US vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy.

Biden REVOKES Trump's executive order that sought to ban TikTok
But the Biden administration approach still faces challenges in addressing the complex problems raised by the global internet. State media in China called Trump's tactics against TikTok "nothing short of broad daylight robbery".

We are at a crossroads in relationship with UK — EU's Šefčovič
Sefcovic's comments come ahead of crunch meetings in London tomorrow with Brexit minister David Frost, and follow weeks of sniping about the protocol.

Biden office defends Trump in rape defamation case BBC News
Carroll made her allegation against Trump in an article published by New York Magazine in June 2019. Trump denied the allegations and accused Carroll of lying to sell books.

French President Emmanuel Macron slapped slapped by man in crowd
Macron is visiting a town in southeastern France as part of a whistle-stop tour of the country. He is widely expected to run for re-election in France's presidential elections in 2021.

Vancouver Island adds 9 new COVID-19 cases
There are now 2,102 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, and a further 141,663 people who tested positive have recovered. Réka Gustafson says B.C. recorded 481 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths over three days while 199 people are in hospital.

Ontario will start economic reopening on Friday
Ontario reported 525 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths from the virus on Monday, with 547 COVID-19 patients hospitalized. Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals.

Body of Missing Boy Recovered from Lake Erie More
The Ontario Provincial Police were called to the lake in the municipality of Hastings Highlands just before 8 p.m. on June 5. He had left a floating device and was trying to swim to shore, police say they were told.

UK PM calls on G7 to aim for global vaccination
Tregenna castle resort ahead of the G7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. The meeting will take place in Cornwall in the southwest of the UK.