Who is Laura Morris? Virginia teacher tearfully quits at school board meeting over CRT lessons

'You no longer value me, or many other teachers you have employed in this county,' Laura Morris said as she quit while sobbing


                            Who is Laura Morris? Virginia teacher tearfully quits at school board meeting over CRT lessons
Laura Morris has resigned after getting angry over lessons on critical race theory (Lucketts Elementary School/Twitter/Ian Prior)

A teacher in Virginia has resigned after getting angry with a school board’s 'obsession' with lessons on critical race theory (CRT). Laura Morris, while sobbing, quit during the Loudoun County School Board meeting and also explained why the “equity trainings” and political dogma forced her to lose her job. She said she cannot serve an institution that believes “White, Christian, able-bodied females” are required to be controlled.

While addressing the board, Morris said: “I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly-politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents — the children,” before stating, “This summer I have struggled with the idea of returning to school, knowing that I'll be working yet again with a school division that, despite its shiny tech and flashy salary, promotes political ideologies that do not square with who I am as a believer in Christ.”

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Who is Laura Morris?

Morris has been a teacher at Lucketts Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia. She has experience of ten years in teaching while she spent half of her career at Lucketts Elementary School. The fifth-grade teacher showed her shock when the Tuesday, August 10, meeting took place in an empty hall. She called it the “lack of consideration for the growing population of concerned citizens in this division.”

Morris also mentioned that an email was sent to her in 2020 by “the superintendent reminding me that a dissenting opinion is not allowed, even to be spoken in my personal life.” She said that a form was also sent, and she and her colleagues were asked to fill it if they heard others within the school system criticizing “the controversial policies being promoted by this school board”.



 

“Not only that, but within the last year I was told in our so-called equity trainings that White, Christian, able-bodied females currently have the power in our schools and, quote, 'this has to change.’ Clearly you have made your point,” Morris continued as she pointed out: “You no longer value me, or many other teachers you have employed in this county. So since my contract outlines the power that you have over my employment in Loudoun County Public Schools, I thought it necessary to resign in front of you. School board, I quit.”

Morris added: “I quit your policies, I quit your training, and I quit being a cog in a machine that tells me to push highly-politicized agendas on our most vulnerable constituents ― the children. I will find employment elsewhere. I encourage all parents and staff in this county to flood the private schools.” Meanwhile, after being asked about her resignation, Loudoun County stated, “LCPS does not comment on personnel matters.”

This comes after Byron Tanner Cross, a physical education Christian teacher from Virginia, was given back his job after being suspended for his comments on transgender students. Cross reportedly attracted controversy after he declined to address transgender students by their preferred choice of pronouns because of his religious beliefs. But Loudon County Circuit judge James Plowman ordered him to be reinstated after saying the school system's decision to suspend him was “extreme and vindictive”.

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