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NJ Executive County Superintendent Looks into Viki Knox Incident

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The New Jersey Department of Education is calling on the state’s executive county superintendent to discuss the ongoing investigation of anti-LGBT teacher Viki Knox with Union Township Superintendent Dr. Patrick Martin. The move comes as a result of a letter HRC President Joe Solmonese sent to DOE Acting Commissioner Chris Cerf.

In responding to HRC’s letter, the DOE said “As evidenced by the passage of the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Legislation, the Governor and Department of Education believe very strongly in the importance of a safe and supportive educational environment. Although local school districts have full authority over situations of this type, given the seriousness of these allegations, I have instructed the executive county superintendent to discuss this matter with the local district superintendent to insure that the matter is being appropriately pursued in compliance with all laws and other requirements.”

Governor Christie also recently spoke out against Knox’s behavior.

Union Township’s investigation into Knox is ongoing – add your name to our petition calling for appropriate action to be taken. Late last month, HRC delivered the signatures of the over 75,000 people calling for appropriate action to be taken against Knox to a Union School Board meeting.

The entire incident began when Garden State Equality brought to light a strongly anti-LGBT post on Knox’s public Facebook wall. HRC later released a similarly anti-LGBT Tweet from Knox.

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