"Moral of the story: Don’t be gay," posted Jim Whitney, a math teacher at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri, to a former student’s Facebook page. Whitney was commenting on the high school graduate’s, Josh Gonzalez, article related to the suicide of Jamie Hubley and anti-gay bullying - just a day before Spirit Day.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a special education teacher, Viki Knox, also used Facebook to express her views on homosexuality saying it “spreads like cancer.”
And this all follows ‘Teacher of the Year’ Jerry Buell who used Facebook (noticing a trend?) to denounce on New York’s decision to allow same-sex marriage.
While it is still being determined if Whitney was actually behind the posts, Knox was escorted from school grounds. Buell was suspended but later reinstated following an investigation.
It seems to me that there should be tougher rules for educators - especially when interacting with students on social media platforms. Clearly, bullying is an ongoing issue but this issue becomes even worse when teachers are the ones involved.
[Our trusty Tumblr friend, Toaster-Haus, came across Whitney’s posts and was trying to draw the attention of local media. I’mWithKanye regrets offering poor PR advice and not doing something much sooner. However, we are happy to see that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves.]