Lake County School District: Don't let teachers teach hate towards LGBT people!
  • Petitioned Jim Miller

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Jim Miller
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Debbie Stivender
Lake County School Board Member
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Roseanne Brandeburg
Lake County School Board Member
Kyleen Fischer
Lake County School Board Member
Tod Howard

Lake County School District: Don't let teachers teach hate towards LGBT people!

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      Equality Florida

More troubling revelations have emerged surrounding Jerry Buell, a Lake County teacher who posted virulently anti-gay comments on Facebook.

Last week Jerry Buell, a Lake County teacher at Mount Dora High School gained national attention for publicly posting comments comparing gay couples to "a cesspool" on Facebook. Initially Mr. Buell was suspended from his teaching position, though the Lake County School Board has since placed him back in the classroom.

A growing number of students have come forward to describe Mr. Buell's homophobic behavior in the classroom. Brian Blaise, an honors student who graduated in 2003, described the day Mr. Buell offered his disturbing take on the issue of gays serving in the military:

"I looked up when he said he supported gays in the military, stunned by the answer. He immediately followed that comment with the statement that we should then put them on the front lines, and pull back," Blaise said.

Another of his students recounted Mr. Buell invoking the quote "A pig in a tuxedo is still a pig" to declare his disdain for recognizing gay relationships.

A syllabus that Buell admits to have used for many years states his beliefs plainly, "I teach God's truth, I make very few compromises. If you believe you may have a problem with that, get your schedule changed, 'cause I ain't changing!"

Last week nearly 300 of our members in the Lake County area sent letters calling for a thorough investigation. Now we need everyone to step up and deliver the message that every student deserves a safe learning environment.

60% of Florida's students live in school districts that provide specific protections from anti-gay bullying and discrimination. But, Lake County is not one of them.

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    • Matt Brooks-Miller LAKEPORT, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      sick and tires of stupidty!!!

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    • Rev. Robert Nordin TAWAS CITY, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      To use God as an excuse for teaching personal hatred is unthinkable. He needs to go. Anything less is to support his thinking

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    • Jacqueline BARDSLEY DANVILLE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This teacher is so anti-gay it is amazing that he has been able to teach so long. I hope he joins the real world soon where everyone is respected not regarding gender, sexual orientation, rank, education, income, position in society etc. How dare he teach such hatred in a world that needs peace.

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    • Alana Ramsey AURORA, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      Because gays need equal rights. Period.

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    • Melissa Berens GRAWN, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      Facing bullies your own age is bad enough, but when it's an adult you're supposed to listen to and learn from? No way!

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