A New Jersey high school teacher who in 2011 called homosexuality a “perverted spirit” that “breeds like cancer” has been given a three-year suspension of her teaching certificates. Posts on Jenye “Viki” Knox’s personal Facebook page eventually caused the special education teacher and faculty adviser to the school’s Bible study group to resign. She later filed a federal lawsuit claiming school officials had violated her free speech and religious rights.
The firestorm began in the fall of 2011, when Knox took to Facebook to criticize a display at the high school marking LGBT History Month.
“Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us?” wrote Knox, a teacher for more than 20 years. “I DO NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE ANYTHING OTHERS WISH TO DO. I DO HAVE TO LOVE AND SPEAK AND DO WHAT’S RIGHT!”
Knox appealed the state Department of Education’s decision to revoke her three certificates to the Office of Administrative Law, but then presented to the education department a proposal in which she would agree to a three-year suspension, according to the order of suspension.
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