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Ex-teacher who made anti-gay comments settles lawsuit

UNION, N. J. – A former New Jersey high school teacher who resigned after posting anti-gay comments on her Facebook page, has a discrimination lawsuit against the school district.

The Union Township school district recently agreed to pay Jenye “Viki” Knox $132,500 for the settlement of the claims.

Knox sued the district in federal court in 2013, claiming religious and racial discrimination. They also referred to the free speech and other civil rights violations and the denial of a fair trial.

In Facebook posts made in 2011, the Union High School teacher called homosexuality a “perverted spirit” and a “sin” that “breeds like cancer.”

She was suspended without pay from her independent position of special education teacher. Later resigned, citing health problems caused by the suspension.

A confidentiality clause prevents either side from discussing the settlement.

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