The Lake County School superintendent has decided to allow a teacher back into his classroom who was reassigned due to an anti-gay marriage Facebook post.
Superintendent Susan Moxley decided that Jerry Buell did not violate the board's code of conduct. He returned to the classroom on Thursday.
On July 25, Buell posted on his Facebook page, "I'm watching the news, eating dinner, when the story about New York okaying same sex unions came on and I almost threw up."
"If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don't insult a man and woman's marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool as same-sex whatever! God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable???," Buell added.
Moxley said she has issued Buell a list of directives, which will become public record in 10 days, to follow.
Buell said the decision is a victory for First Amendment rights, but the school district still maintains there are limits on what a teacher can say in their private lives if it impacts the classroom.
Buell said he has no regrets about what happened. He said he always cautions students about what they post on social media sites, but he also encourages people to speak their opinions strongly without fear of repercussions. He plans to use his experience as a teaching tool.
The Mount Dora High School teacher said he would never treat a student unfairly in the classroom, regardless of his personal beliefs.
Buell said he will no longer use his Facebook account because his wife asked him not to.
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