Florida teacher suspended for anti-ga...

Florida teacher suspended for anti-gay Facebook posts

There are 788 comments on the www.proudparenting.com story from Aug 18, 2011, titled Florida teacher suspended for anti-gay Facebook posts. In it, www.proudparenting.com reports that:

Jerry Buell [pic] has been suspended from the classroom and reassigned while the Lake County School Board investigates Facebook messages in which he said he "almost threw up" when he heard about NY's marriage equality, which he also said was part of a "cesspool."

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“LGBT Americans, We're ”

Since: Jun 09

Everywhere you are!

#1 Aug 18, 2011
According to the Orlando Sentinel Buell was the Mount Dora High School's TEACHER OF THE YEAR!

Buell argued he made the post on his own time on his personal computer. "It wasn't out of hatred," he said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. "It was about the way I interpret things."

Yep, I think Clint McCance said the same thing.
Disgusted American

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Aug 18, 2011
while the man is most likely a real ass....and its sad that someone like him teach's kids.....could u imagine If he USED any other Minority....."ahh those Jews are allowed to marry..I wanna throw up"...or ....."ahh those Inter-racial cpls are allowed to marry..I wanna throw up".
palaveroso

London, Canada

#3 Aug 18, 2011
No, it wasn't posted out of hatred. And if you believe that I've got some great swampland in Florida I'd like to sell you to build your dream home on.
Fortson

Greenwood, IN

#4 Aug 18, 2011
Queers won't be happy until mandatory queer lessons are taught in all the schools.

Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the gay scourge in the great land of the free!!!

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Disgusted American

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Aug 18, 2011
Fortson wrote:
Queers won't be happy until mandatory queer lessons are taught in all the schools.
Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the gay scourge in the great land of the free!!!
shouldn't you be fixing the cinder blocks under your double wide?...and go brush your Summer teeth....Eff u and TX scum state

“Church | | State”

Since: Jun 07

Toby's Landing

#6 Aug 18, 2011
Fortson wrote:
Queers won't be happy until mandatory queer lessons are taught in all the schools.
Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the gay scourge in the great land of the free!!!
It should have said:

"Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the great land of the free!!!"

That would have been much more accurate.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#7 Aug 18, 2011
Fortson wrote:
Queers won't be happy until mandatory queer lessons are taught in all the schools.
Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the gay scourge in the great land of the free!!!
You're the perfect example why mandatory diversity education needs to become part of public school curriculum
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the sooner the better

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#8 Aug 18, 2011
Fortson wrote:
Queers won't be happy until mandatory queer lessons are taught in all the schools.
Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the gay scourge in the great land of the free!!!
Let's see if she can butch up that woman, sorry..tee hee..."MAN" tee hee...she married and then we'll talk.

Mel in MI

“We're here! ”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#9 Aug 18, 2011
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>Let's see if she can butch up that woman, sorry..tee hee..."MAN" tee hee...she married and then we'll talk.
LOL, too funny!

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#10 Aug 18, 2011
I know other people will vehmently disagree with me but I do not believe he should be suspended for comments outside the classroom and not made public without a specific search for them.

Remember also, that throughout history there were many people who were absolute bigots in writing but got on personally with members of the group they supposedly hated. A good example is Hermann Levi as Wagner's choice of conductor for the Ring.

Since -- unless the post contains information to the contrary not listed in the article -- he did not call for violence against anyone or mention members of the class he taught, I believe he should have a right to say these things without repercussion.

Bob

Houston, TX

#11 Aug 18, 2011
I think he has the right to think that, but as a teacher, to post that, or to teach that was wrong.
Personally, religion makes me want to throw up. Afterall, it's all fantasy and there are too many living it's fantasy rather than reality.
cheekiey

Miami Beach, FL

#12 Aug 18, 2011
Wow. So much Hatred in Florida
Why ?

Since: Feb 09

Southern California

#13 Aug 18, 2011
Fortson wrote:
Queers won't be happy until mandatory queer lessons are taught in all the schools.
Vote for Michele Bachmann and help end the gay scourge in the great land of the free!!!
**TROLL ALERT**
bill

River Grove, IL

#14 Aug 18, 2011
Disgusted American wrote:
<quoted text> TX scum state
Oh please...TX has the 4th largest gay population in the US and has a slightly higher percentage of gay population to total population than does Pennsylvania.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#15 Aug 18, 2011
cheekiey wrote:
Wow. So much Hatred in Florida
Why ?
Hate powered by religious fundamentalism:
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Florida is home to festering terrorist cesspools masquerading as Ft. Lauderdale's Coral Ridge Ministries and Gainesville's Dove Outreach Center; listed at #8 and #9 on the 2011 (SPLC) Southern Poverty Law Center's anti-gay terrorist hate-watch list:
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1. Abiding Truth Ministries (Scott Lively)
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2. American Family Association (Tim Wildmon; Bryan Fischer)
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3. Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (Peter LaBarbera)
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4. American Vision (Gary DeMar)
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5. Chalcedon Foundation (R. J. Rushdoony)
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6. Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (Gary Cass)
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7. Concerned Women for America (Beverly LaHaye)
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8. Coral Ridge Ministries (Robert Knight)
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9. Dove World Outreach Center (Terry Jones)
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10. Faithful Word Baptist Church (Steven Anderson)
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11. Family Research Council (Tony Perkins)
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12. Family research Institute (Paul Cameron)
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13. Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (Wayne Lela)
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14. Illinois Family Institute (Laurie Higgins)
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15. Liberty Council (Matt Barber; Peter LaBarbera)
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16. Mass Resistance (Brian Camenker)
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17. National Organization for Marriage (Maggie Gallagher; Robert George; Brian Brown)
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18. Traditional Values Coalition (Lou Sheldon; Andrea Lafferty)
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http://splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligenc...

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#16 Aug 18, 2011
JohnInToronto wrote:
I know other people will vehmently disagree with me but I do not believe he should be suspended for comments outside the classroom and not made public without a specific search for them.
Remember also, that throughout history there were many people who were absolute bigots in writing but got on personally with members of the group they supposedly hated. A good example is Hermann Levi as Wagner's choice of conductor for the Ring.
Since -- unless the post contains information to the contrary not listed in the article -- he did not call for violence against anyone or mention members of the class he taught, I believe he should have a right to say these things without repercussion.
Many teachers friend their students. If this teacher did, then he's not really off-duty when he posts on FB. If he had been careful to segregate his FB activities from his teaching activities, then I would agree with you.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#17 Aug 18, 2011
I am an unflinching advocate for freedom of speech. However, that does not mean that expressing certain things does not carry any consequences.

Anti-gay is the new racism (and it's about time). Once upon a time, in certain places, it was acceptable to be openly racist. That changed. Now, any teacher who is publicly racist (the Internet is about as public as you can get) would be risking his or her job. And now, especially in light of the new awareness of anti-gay bullying and LGBT suicides among the nation's schoolchildren, any teacher publicly voicing anti-gay remarks is risking their job, and that's as it should be.

You can believe and say what you want. But if you are a teacher, a police officer, firefighter, hospital nurse, county clerk, or in any number of other tax-subsidized profession, it would be unwise to be overtly racist or anti-gay.

And that's as it should be.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Parksley, VA

#18 Aug 18, 2011
bill wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh please...TX has the 4th largest gay population in the US and has a slightly higher percentage of gay population to total population than does Pennsylvania.
What percentage of that glbt population you're claiming in TX is of the "rumored," Rick Perry sort?

We know Austin's generally okay and that Houston has a lesbian mayor. That ain't TX, anymore than Philly or Pittsburgh are PA, which inbetween is largely a stone age, buybull belt, bigot infested hellhole.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#19 Aug 18, 2011
Well I interpret things as he is full of homophobia. Why does it concern him so much who gets married and all the way in New York? No one is telling him he has to marry another man. Why don't people mind their own business, lives, and marriages?

Since: Jul 11

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Aug 18, 2011
JohnInToronto wrote:
I know other people will vehmently disagree with me but I do not believe he should be suspended for comments outside the classroom and not made public without a specific search for them.
Remember also, that throughout history there were many people who were absolute bigots in writing but got on personally with members of the group they supposedly hated. A good example is Hermann Levi as Wagner's choice of conductor for the Ring.
Since -- unless the post contains information to the contrary not listed in the article -- he did not call for violence against anyone or mention members of the class he taught, I believe he should have a right to say these things without repercussion.
This is a contrary opinion, but I have to agree that he has the first amendment right to voice his opinion, and the SCOTUS has said that as long as that voiced opinion does not encourage others to commit acts of violence, it is protected speech.

I'm not sure that the "punishment" fits the "crime" in this case.

It DOES, however, highlight the fact that what you put on the Internet does become a matter of public record, and that you should be VERY careful how much of yourself you put out there. If you put too much out there, it WILL come back and bite you in the ass.

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