Update: Anti-Gay New Jersey Teacher Wants to Retire, Avoid Tenure Trial
May 17, 2012 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications
Viki Knox, the New Jersey teacher who last fall unleashed homophobic rants on both Facebook and Twitter and is now facing disciplinary action against her tenure status, is instead seeking to retire. According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Knox wants to retire and claim her pension, citing both a back injury and “psychological grounds.”
The Union Township School Board filed tenure charges against Knox in January – the first step necessary to fire Knox.
Knox continues to insist there was nothing wrong with her hateful rant. She also says allowing her to retire – and scraping her disciplinary trial – would allow the “local community to start the healing process sooner.”
A spokesman for the state Treasury Department says Knox’s disability application will not allow her to short-circuit the disciplinary process.
In Knox’s rant 2011Facebook rant, she said:
“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.”
HRC later uncovered a homophobic tweet from Knox, blasting the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
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