"Homosexuality is a perverted spirit," according to Union Township, NJ teacher Viki Knox. She said so in a hateful Facebook rant this week about a simple bulletin board in a school hallway meant to recognize LGBT history month.
Knox should be standing up for students – not railing against them. She even compared homosexuality to cancer and at one point broke into an all-caps tirade blasting homosexuality as a choice:
"Why parade your unnatural immoral behaviors before the rest of us? AND YOU ARE WRONG! I/ WE DO NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT ANYTHING, ANYONE. ANY BEHAVIOR OR ANY CHOICES! I DO NOT HAVE TO TOLERATE ANYTHING OTHERS WISH TO DO."
This kind of hatred should be unacceptable from somebody who is supposed to be a role model to students. Thanks to Garden State Equality who obtained Knox's comments, we now know the extent of her anti-LGBT rage – and together we'll make sure school officials in Union Township know we won't stand for it.
Will you send a letter to Union Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Martin right now and call on him to take immediate action?
This behavior is unacceptable – Ms. Knox should be serving as an educator and role model for her students. Instead, she is sending a very clear message that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is not right – a hurtful message for students. She is failing in her responsibility to ensure all students feel safe and confident in their communities.
Thank you for opening an investigation into Ms. Knox’s behavior. I urge you to take immediate and appropriate action. Viki Knox’s anti-LGBT rant flies in the face of LGBT history month and is out of line with the message she should be sending to all of her students – that they are worthy of respect and dignity regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.