When Jerry Buell (pictured), a social studies teacher who won Teacher of the Year last year at Mount Dora High School, saw a televised news story on New York’s passage of marriage equality, he almost threw up. He then decided to share the vomitous occasion with everyone on Facebook, also calling same-sex marriages a “cesspool” and “a sin.” Well, guess who noticed his blowing of chunks? Everyone.
Even though he made the comments on his home computer, the Orange County School District has a policy stating that they don’t consider any internet use private and that “employees should remain professional in their communication at all times.” The district has given the teacher an administrative position while they conduct an investigation. Meanwhile the teacher, who also serves as the advisor to the school’s Fellowhip of Christian Athletes, says that he didn’t type his words out of hatred, but merely out of the way he interprets things. He also says that “I’ve had kids that I’ve known that have been homosexuals. They know that I don’t hate them. I love them.”
This of course raises the age-old question of whether people should be reprimanded at their jobs for their anti-gay views.