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School Board May Fire Antigay N.J. Teacher

School Board May Fire Antigay N.J. Teacher

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A New Jersey high school teacher who ranted on Facebook about the supposed evils of gay people may be removed from her position, as her school board files tenure charges against her.

Viki Knox is currently on administrative leave after unleashing a torrent of antigay postings in October. Responding to a display related to LGBT History Month, she called homosexuality a "perverted spirit" and a "sin" that "breeds like cancer." In late December, the Union Township school board filed formal tenure charges against the longtime teacher, which could be the first step in firing Knox.

"Every student, no matter what race, creed, color, or sexual orientation ought to be able to come to school and feel comfortable in a learning environment that's welcoming and nurturing," school board president Francis Perkins told NJ.com.

The case heads to an administrative law judge, who will decide the next step.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.