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.
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