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HRC to deliver petitions to N.J. school board calling for action against anti-gay teacher

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign is presenting the Union Township School Board with signatures from the over 75,000 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 will deliver the signatures tonight at the Union Township School Board meeting, taking place at 7 pm at Union High School in New Jersey. School officials have said they are investigating Knox.

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.

“Thousands of fair-minded equality supporters from across the country are sending a loud and clear message to Union Township School officials – they will not tolerate bigotry from an educator charged with the well-being of our country’s students,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “LGBT youth face a myriad of challenges in school and their local communities. It is imperative their teachers are role models for all youth, sending a message that your self-worth is never impacted negatively by your sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Since Knox’s comments came to light last week, over 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.”