Tonight: HRC Delivers Anti-LGBT Teacher Petitions to NJ School Officials
October 18, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
HRC is presenting the Union Township School Board with signatures from the thousands of HRC members and supporters who have signed a petition calling for immediate action to be taken against teacher Viki Knox following her public outbursts against LGBT Americans. HRC Field Director Marty Rouse will deliver the petitions at a school board meeting tonight in Union Township, New Jersey.
Add your voice to those calling for action to be taken against Knox now.
Earlier this month, Knox posted anti-LGBT comments on her Facebook wall, including likening being gay to cancer, calling homosexuality “unnatural” and “immoral” and saying it is a choice. On Twitter, she also has blasted the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, and suggested it was a sign of the end times.
Since Knox’s comments came to light last week, more than 75,000 people have signed HRC’s petition calling for immediate action to be taken against Knox. HRC also called on Governor Christie and the state’s Acting Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf to speak out against Knox’s remarks and launch an investigation.
Earlier this year, New Jersey enacted the nation’s toughest anti-bullying law. In HRC’s letter to Acting Commissioner Cerf, Solmonese reminded him of the obligation state officials have to move quickly when school employees prove incapable of carrying out that law: “It’s time to defend the principles behind that legislation by investigating Ms. Knox’s behavior. Ignoring her dangerous outbursts threatens the very spirit behind the passage of the landmark Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.”
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