If you think what you say as a teacher on your own time and on your own Facebook page won’t affect your job, consider the case of Jenye “Viki” Knox. She has been dealing with repercussions of stating her culturally unpopular opinions about homosexuality on her personal social media network for the past seven years.
Knox was a teacher at Union High School in New Jersey and an ordained minister who was charged with conduct unbecoming a teacher and suspended without pay by the school district in 2011 for sharing her belief that homosexuality is a sin on her personal Facebook page. School officials later sought to remove her tenured status with an intent to ultimately fire her.
Knox resigned in 2012 due to stress, but in 2013 she sued the school district for violating her right to free speech and religious expression. She asked that she be reinstated to her position with back pay and given an acknowledgment that her rights had been violated.
Having previously come to a confidential settlement on the tenure issue, Knox recently settled her other claims by agreeing to a suspension of her teaching license for three years, but without admitting or conceding to the truth of the allegations made against her.
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