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Petitioning Lake County School Board Member Jim Miller and 5 others

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


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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.

Letter to
Lake County School Board Member Jim Miller
Lake County School Board Member Debbie Stivender
Lake County School Board Member Lake County School Board
and 3 others
Lake County School Board Member Roseanne Brandeburg
Lake County School Board Member Kyleen Fischer
Lake County School Board Member Tod Howard
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Lake County School Board.
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I am writing to urge you to expand your anti-bullying and non-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Mr. Buell's apparent anti-gay bias raises serious concerns about his ability to treat all students with dignity and respect. His comments pose a serious threat to all students by fostering a classroom environment that encourages disrespect.

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!"

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.

Please pass an anti-discrimination policy immediately.

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Sincerely,