Christian teachers sue Virginia school district over transgender policy

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Two Christian teachers have filed suit against a Virginia school district over a transgender policy that allows students to use restroom facilities according to their gender identity and requires all employees and children to use the preferred gender pronouns of transgender students, Christian Headlines reports.

In suing Loudoun County (LC) Public Schools, English teacher Kim Wright (Smart’s Mill Middle School)and history teacher Monica Gill (LC High School) are seeking to join a lawsuit launched in June by Christian teacher Tanner Cross, a Leesburg Elementary School teacher who was suspended for taking a stand against the policy, Christian Headlines reports.

Filed in the Virginia state court, the two teachers’ complaint explains why they believe the LC policy is harmful to children: “Plaintiffs believe, based on scientific evidence, that children do not have a fully developed capacity to understand the long-term consequences of their decisions. Plaintiffs want to protect children from making potentially irreversible and life-changing decisions that they may later regret.”

The teachers are represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, whose senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer said in a statement: “Loudoun County Public Schools is now requiring all teachers and students to deny truths about what it means to be male and female and is compelling them to call students by their chosen pronouns or face punishment.”

“Public employees cannot be forced to contradict their core beliefs just to keep a job. Freedom – of speech and religious exercise – includes the freedom not to speak messages against our core beliefs,” Langhofer said.

“Administering treatment for gender dysphoria in lieu of diagnosis and treatment of other mental health conditions is harmful to children with such conditions, especially if the child is in the statistical majority of cases where the gender dysphoria will desist,” the complaint says.

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