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NJ Teacher's Facebook Remarks: Cyberbullying or Free Speech?

Internet and computer crimes such as cyber bullying raise many legal issues.  For example, the school board in Union Township, New Jersey, has begun proceedings against a teacher who allegedly made anti-gay remarks on Facebook. At issue in the matter is not only the teacher's job, but her right to free speech. 

Moreover, say some, teachers should be held to a higher standard. Still others question whether a teacher who expresses anti-gay sentiments is able to enforce New Jersey's new anti-bullying law. Some believe that the teacher has the right to be anti-gay, but not to express it to the world. Others see her as a victim of political correctness.

The New Jersey Star Ledger and other media outlets have called for firing or other disciplinary action. The 49-year old teacher posted her comments on Facebook after the school district's LGBT history month in October. She stated that homosexuality was both a sin and a perversion that "breeds like cancer."

The school district continues to investigate the matter.

Source:, "NJ school board files tenure charges against teacher who made anti-gay Facebook posts", Jan. 13, 2012.

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