May 31, 2021
"The liberal left [is] waging a cultural war and the victims are children"
FALLS CHURCH, VA - Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin today called on Loudoun County Public Schools to reinstate Leesburg Elementary School physical education teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross, who was placed on administrative leave after his remarks at a May 25 School Board meeting.
Youngkin said on Fox News:
“On a day where we’re celebrating and honoring and remembering the 1.2 million Americans who gave their lives for our freedom to protect our Constitution, it’s amazing to me that we see a Loudoun County School Board ignore and absolutely trample on Tanner Cross’ constitutional rights to express not only his religious beliefs but also his right to free speech, at a time when they invited such a discussion and now they are trying to cancel him simply for expressing his views that are in the best interest of the children and expressing his faith. It’s absolutely shameful. …
“What we’re seeing right here right now in Loudoun County is the liberal left waging a cultural war and the victims are children. And who’s standing up for them? Not the politicians but in fact parents and teachers. And who’s going to stand up for the parents and teachers right now, where the school board isn’t and politicians aren’t either? And as governor, I will stand for excellence in education. We will not teach critical race theory and I will stand up for teachers and parents against these kinds of cancel culture initiatives. And oh, by the way, who is standing up for Tanner Cross? Well, I will tell you, as governor, I’ll have his back. I’ll stand up for the teachers, I’ll stand up for the parents, and I actually call on that school board right now in Loudoun County to reinstate Tanner Cross fully because they have absolutely ignored his constitutional rights. And oh, by the way, his best interest is the children right now. They should reinstate him right now and as governor I would call for that.”
Youngkin spoke with Tanner Cross by phone on Sunday.