Monday, August 22, 2011

Teacher Suspended For Posting Opposition to Gay Marriage on Facebook

This is troublesome, to say the least.
A former “Teacher of the Year” in Mount Dora, Fla. has been suspended and could lose his job after he voiced his objection to gay marriage on his personal Facebook page.

Jerry Buell, a veteran American history teacher at Mount Dora High School, was removed from his teaching duties this week as school officials in Lake County investigate allegations that what he posted was biased towards homosexuals.

“We took the allegations seriously,” said Chris Patton, a communication officer with Lake County Schools. “All teachers are bound by a code of special ethics (and) this is a code ethics violation investigation.”

Patton said the school system received a complaint on Tuesday about something Buell had written last July when New York legalized same sex unions. On Wednesday, he was temporarily suspended from the classroom and reassigned.
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Now, let us turn the situation around. The school district says that some students might feel "uncomfortable" because of this teacher's views, but is this a reason to suspend him?

What if a teacher is in a same-sex relationship and has a facebook page that supports gay marriage? Would this not make it "uncomfortable" for those students that disagree?

Pray for our culture.
Tip o' the hat to Mark.


Cosmotone said...

You can loose your job if you exercise freedom of speech rights in your free time on your own computer in "Free Country".

Christina said...

I wonder if the special code of ethics teachers are required to follow extends to religion, as well. Would Mr. Buell have been suspended if his facebook page had mentioned that he thought religion was harmful and bigoted?