Union H.S. Students Debate Teacher’s Anti-Gay Facebook Posts

UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — One day after Union High School officials escorted a teacher off school property, students were still talking about her anti-gay comments she posted on Facebook.

The school district is investigating English teacher Viki Knox because along with the comment, she posted a picture of a display at the school celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender history month.

“Homosexuality is a perverted spirit……..I know sin and it breeds like cancer!” Knox posted. “Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us? YOU ARE WRONG.”

“Technically it’s under freedom of speech and that’s on her own time,” senior Eddie Sprague told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

“It would have been okay if she said it on her Facebook, just not directed to Union High School,” said student Michael West.

The teacher is also getting slammed on Twitter because of her post.

“The end is near? You ought to be ashamed to call yourself a teacher. How DARE you!” one tweet read.

Sloan went by Knox’ home, but there was no answer at the door.

Students said Knox is on administrative leave, but the District won’t confirm that, citing privacy issues.

“I think she’s a nice teacher to me. I had her freshman year,” said senior Luis Ruiz.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Knox’ comments are protected by the First Amendment, “But because her postings raise questions about her conduct within school, the school district can and should investigate whether she is performing her job in accordance with school policies and the state’s Law against Discrimination.”

The superintendent says the investigation could take weeks and the Board of Education will make the ultimate decision.

Their next meeting is on Tuesday.

What do you think of the school’s reaction?  Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Bill Courson

    Ms. Viki Knox, a faculty member at Union High School in the Union Township school district has publicly and repeatedly stated her view that “homosexuality is ‘perverted’” and “breeds like cancer.” Supposedly, these and similar comments were placed on her public Facebook page. 

    According to media reports, she is said to have to have called homosexuality “a perverted spirit that has existed from the beginning of creation” and a “sin” that “breeds like cancer”.  Ms. Know has used the school as a forum for disseminating her religious points of view and has until now been allowed to serve as faculty advisor for a student religious group.

    I think it goes without saying that there are gay and lesbian students in her class, and in every class of every school within the Union Township district.  I think I further goes without saying that there are gay and lesbian parents of students in every class  of every school within your district as well.  Ms. Know is surely entitled to her point of view, but I wonder whether her conduct is appropriate to the classroom or to a social forum wherein her views can be readily accessed by her students, their parents and the entire community. I think if you will replace the words “homosexual” and “homosexuality” with the words “Jew” and “Judaism” you will get the point I am trying to make here.

    I do not believe Ms. Knox belongs in a classroom, or in any capacity wherein she will be allowed access to children and youth.  I believe that her conduct merits dismissal, and further (and more importantly) merits an investigation into her professional fitness and – if found lacking – the withdrawal of her teaching credential.

    I speak from the perspective of a professional educator, an educational administrator and an individual who has been involved in the effort to achieve LGBT equality and civil rights for several decades. This incident is not only a grave insult to the district’s LGBT students and the gay and lesbian community, it has done immeasurable damage to the reputation and good name of your school district and the institution at which Ms. Knox was allowed to teach.  I have only this morning seen features on this incident appearing in the LGBT media worldwide, and it has made headlines in Australia, the UK, South Africa, and France.

  • James

    You don’t need no first amendment right to say or write anything. It is all directed at congress and not people. See:


    • DarthEVaderCheney

      “You don’t need no first mendment right….” Thanks, James, for being a shining example of our educational system’s progress. It’s milk and cookies break and time for yoour nappy-nap! Unnnnnngh!!!

  • Dakotahgeo

    WHERE did all 179 comments go??? Censorship? Glitch? Thank God I copy/pasted them all for resource material.

    • KPMc

      Umm… did you try clicking on the PREVIOUS article where all the comments are? The link’s right at the top of this article

      You copied all the comments?!?!? And I thought I needed to get a life!

      • Dakotahgeo

        LOLOL… no, just the ones that made sense and the loco ones. That didn’t take long at all, lol.

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