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FLORIDA: Anti-Gay Teacher Reinstated After KKK Threatens School Board

Florida public school teacher Jerry Buell has been reinstated after a suspension following an anti-gay tirade on his personal Facebook page.
Lake County School District Superintendent Susan Moxley reinstated Mount Dora High School social studies teacher Jerry Buell after his controversial anti-gay postings on Facebook. "I'm excited about going back to school tomorrow," said Buell. The school board decided Buell did not violate the district's code of conduct when he allegedly posted a comment on his Facebook wall saying that gay marriages made him want to throw up. Sources close to the investigation told WFTV that the school board chose the easy way out. They say the board thought Buell had violated the rules, but didn't want to deal with a costly legal battle or backlash from the KKK, which had threatened to protest in front of the district headquarters. Buell missed the first three days of class because he was transferred to an administrative position during the investigation. The district said the former Teacher of The Year posted on his personal Facebook that same sex unions are a "cesspool," which make him want to throw up.
Buell says he plans to use his suspension in future lessons about the First Amendment.

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