Ex-teacher has certificates suspended over anti-gay comments

A former New Jersey high school teacher who posted anti-gay comments on her Facebook page several years ago has agreed to a three-year suspension of her teaching certificates.

NJ.com reports that Jenye "Viki" Knox initially appealed a state Department of Education's decision to revoke her three certificates to the Office of Administrative Law. But she then informed the education department she would agree to the three-year suspension.

The state Board of Examiners accepted the proposal Dec. 8. The panel then immediately suspended the elementary school, nursery school and handicapped teaching certificates Knox has held since February 1990.

A telephone number for Knox could not be located Sunday.

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

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.