Teachers are asking the court to halt the pronouns policy of Loudoun County schools

Three public schoolteachers in Loudoun County are on their way to Virginia State Court on Monday to ask that the school system’s new mandatory policy on pronouns be stopped.

Tanner Cross, a sports teacher, filed a lawsuit after he was suspended from his job after objecting to the proposed policy at a school board meeting in May. Since the policy was passed in August, two other teachers – Monica Gill, a history teacher in high school, and Kim Wright, an English teacher in middle school – have joined as plaintiffs.

The policy requires that the county faculty and students use the pronouns that students request, regardless of their biological gender.

On Monday, teachers will ask the court for a temporary ban that will halt the pronoun policy while the case is being processed.

By forcing teachers to use a particular language, the school system is convincing speech among faculty, staff, and students, according to Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing teachers.

“Loudoun County Public Schools are constantly pushing radical views on our children,” said Ryan Bangert, senior adviser to the group.

“Instead of encouraging our children to learn about a variety of perspectives, schools in Loudoun County indoctrinate students with controversial and harmful ideologies and force both teachers and students to follow suit,” said Mr. Bangert.

The school district did not return a request for comment on the case Friday.

Mr. Tanner originally filed a lawsuit against the Loudoun board when he was suspended from his job. He has since been reinstated on a temporary basis while the case continues.

Neither he nor Mrs Gill and Mrs Wright had any immediate comment on their case on Friday, although all three are scheduled to speak on Monday at a scheduled post-hearing press conference.

Monday’s hearing will be the latest in a series of events that have shaken K-12 training in Loudoun County this year. The policy regarding “transgender and expansive” students is part of the school system’s comprehensive diversity, equality and inclusion strategy that has affected some parents and taxpayers.

Loudoun County’s policies regarding transgender students’ use of bathrooms are said to be the cause of an alleged sexual assault on a female student at a high school this year. In the case, which has attracted national attention, the victim’s father was arrested as he tried to protest the assault at a school board meeting.

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler, after declaring there had been no sexual assault in the county’s schools, later withdrew, acknowledging that there had been. This week, Mr. Ziegler an “independent review” of how the incident was handled.

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