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Review clears teacher of making anti-gay Facebook comments

JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Updated October 27, 2011 at 5:10 PM CST:  A teacher's Facebook account with anti-gay posts prompted an investigation by Joplin Schools.  But Superintendent C.J. Huff says the review revealed the account had been compromised.

Huff says its unclear how the account was compromised but the teacher has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Posted October 25, 2011 at 1:42 PM CST:  The Joplin school district is investigating whether a teacher left homophobic comments on a Facebook page.  Because of the ongoing investigation we are withholding the teacher's name.

The comments on Facebook were apparently left about an online story on bullying. (see screen capture sent to KOAM on the right)

A user with the name of the accused teacher writes: "Moral of the story:  don't be gay."

Another person then posted "How many more kids have to kill themselves before everyone realizes this is an actual issue?"

The accused teacher then apparently wrote "11 to 13 ought to do it.  Somewhere in that vicinity."

District officials would not say if these apparent comments from the teacher are legit.

They did cite personnel issues for not releasing information about this incident and say they are treating this investigation seriously.

"We became aware of these allegations through information from patrons of the district - within the district," says Tina Smith, the district's Director of Human Resources.  "(From) school employees and other concerned patrons."

Smith says she is not aware of a specific school guideline on discriminating against homosexuals.

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