[UPDATE: The teacher has now been reinstated.]
A former “teacher of the year” in Lake County, Florida, has been reassigned while school administrators investigate comments posted on his Facebook page about same-sex marriage…. [S]chool officials received a complaint Tuesday about the content on Mount Dora High School teacher Jerry Buell’s personal Facebook page …. CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13 reported that a status post on it said, “I’m watching the news, eating dinner, when the story about the New York okaying same sex unions came on and I almost threw up.”
“We began to review the code of ethics violations immediately and yesterday afternoon temporarily reassigned the teacher pending the outcome of the investigation,” [Lake County Schools Communications Officer Chris Patton] told CNN Thursday….
The newspaper said that in the same July 25 post, Buell said same-sex marriages were part of a “cesspool” and were a “sin.” …
Buell, a teacher for more than 26 years [and a former “teacher of the year”], served as the Social Studies Department chair at Mount Dora and taught American history and government, according to the high school’s website….