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Friday
Oct142011

NJ Teacher Being Investigated for Her Anti-Gay Remarks on Facebook

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(UNION, N.J.) -- A New Jersey special education teacher is in hot water for statements about her opposition to gay and lesbian lifestyles that were posted on her Facebook page.

The posts have prompted the statewide civil rights organization Garden State Equality to call for the firing of Viki Knox from her job at Union High School in Union Township.

On her Facebook page, Knox wrote that “homosexuality is a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation.”  What seemed to spur her ire was Union High recognizing October as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History month.

Knox was particularly incensed by a display at the school showing author Virginia Woolf, activist Harvey Milk and actor Neil Patrick Harris, who all acknowledged their homosexuality.  She claimed that the school was “not the setting to promote, encourage, support and foster homosexuality.”

No decision has been made yet on how the school district will deal with the controversy, according to Patrick Martin, Union’s superintendent of schools.  Knox has worked for the school system for the past 12 years and has previously led a student prayer group.

While defending her right to free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union said there’s still a question whether Knox violated school policy regarding anti-bias rules.

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Friday
Oct292010

School Board Official to Resign After Making Anti-Gay Comments

Facebook users taking part in a "Spirit Day" campaign last Wednesday wore purple to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PLEASANT PLAINS, Ark.) -- Clint McCance, vice president of the Midland School District in Arkansas, said Thursday night he will resign after posting an anti-gay diatribe on his personal Facebook page.  McCance, of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, says he now realizes his posts on Facebook were "hurtful" and "ignorant."

"My posts I made that were very hurtful, very ignorant in nature," he says.  "Looking back on it right now and getting to, you know, scrutinize my own self and what I did.  It's horrible.  And what I wrote was horrible."

Last Wednesday, as millions of Facebook users took part in a "Spirit Day" campaign to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens, McCance apparently wrote a series of posts expressing the opposite position.

As first reported by The Advocate, a leading gay and lesbian newspaper, McCance used the words "queer" and "fag" several times on his page and said he enjoys "the fact that they often give each other AIDS [sic] and die."  He added, "I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. "

McCance says he now realizes a real effort is needed to stop the bullying of gay teens that too often leads to suicide.

"We need to address the problem of the depression in these kids," he says.  "And we need to fix this.  And it don't need to be on a small level.  It needs to be -- needs to start at the top."

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