Putting Education Reform To The Test

Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post Returns to Work

The Lake County teacher suspended over his Facebook comments critical of a New York law allowing gay marriage is back at work today, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Jerry Buell chairs the social studies department at Mount Dora High School and was the school teacher of the year. Buell was suspended last week when he posted on social networking site Facebook that he “almost threw up” after hearing about a New York law allowing gay marriage.

District officials said at the time of Buell’s suspension that they were investigating whether he violated a district ethics policy to respect the “worth and dignity of every person.”

District officials would not say if Buell was reprimanded. That information will be available next week.

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