Posted: June 7, 2021 in: Person of the Week


Byron “Tanner” Cross is this week’s Pain-2-Power Person of the week for refusing to bow to political correctness run amok.  Cross teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross has been suspended for speaking out against “Policy 8040”of the Loudoun County schools in Leesburg, Virginia.  The policy insists that teachers use a student’s preferred pronoun when referring to the student, regardless of that student’s sex:

LCPS staff shall allow gender-expansive or transgender students to use their 18 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. School staff shall, at the request of a student or parent/legal guardian, when using a name or pronoun to address the student, use the name and pronoun that correspond to their gender identity.

Mr. Cross, an elementary school physical education teacher, made it clear at a Loudoun County School Board meeting that he has no ill will toward transgender students, but is simply not willing to refer to a genetic male as “she,” or “they” because it is against his personal views and because he sees it as a violation of his religious beliefs, as well.

An additional part of the policy, by the way, requires other students to use the preferred pronoun when referring to an individual who has made a choice amongst the 18 choices.

Cross clearly seems aware that taking the stand he has taken might cost him his job.  But he isn’t willing to sacrifice his views of science and religion in order to keep it.  He’s drawing a line in the sand, not out of hatred for anyone, but out of what seems to be heartfelt concern for everyone.

As Mr. Cross said, “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.”

Mr. Cross was placed on leave by Principal Shawn Lacey, who sent out an email to students stating, “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.”

Mr. Cross—appropriately named, in my view—is, sadly, only one recent example of Cancel Culture eroding the foundation of freedom of speech and freedom of religion in America.  Well, I’m making an example of him, too.  That’s why Tanner Cross is the Pain-2-Power Person of the Week.

Dr. Keith Ablow

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