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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:52 PM

Juliet Hibbs, Florida Teacher Accused Of Turning Teen Student Gay, Battles District

Source: Huffington Post

Florida teacher Juliet Hibbs is fighting the Broward school district over its handling of an accusation against her that she contributed to girl's homosexuality.

Hibbs, a straight woman currently on medical leave from her post at Deerfield Beach High School, was investigated last year after a student's parents complained to the school principal that Hibbs had not informed them of their daughter's sexual orientation, and that the teacher possibly contributed to their daughter being gay. Hibbs has been a teacher for 10 years.

When the teen's stepfather found out about her orientation, he began harassing the girl on Twitter, leading the girl to stay away from home, the Sun Sentinel reports. The parents also alleged that Hibbs had encouraged the girl not to go home.

Principal Jon Marlow deferred the complaints to the district, which, in an investigation, cleared Hibbs of any wrongdoing. The district's report also found that an abuse counselor told the girl she didn't have to return home because she was 18. Gay and lesbian community advocates ridicule the accusations lodged against Hibbs, saying a teacher can't determine the sexual orientation of a student.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/juliet-hibbs-florida-teac_n_2123392.html



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Reply Juliet Hibbs, Florida Teacher Accused Of Turning Teen Student Gay, Battles District (Original post)
shawn703 Nov 2012 OP
sinkingfeeling Nov 2012 #1
valerief Nov 2012 #18
Initech Nov 2012 #23
WilliamPitt Nov 2012 #2
jtuck004 Nov 2012 #3
Ken Burch Nov 2012 #4
Divine Discontent Nov 2012 #5
SoapBox Nov 2012 #6
MadBadger Nov 2012 #7
yardwork Nov 2012 #28
azurnoir Nov 2012 #8
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #9
teenagebambam Nov 2012 #27
Hugabear Nov 2012 #10
louis-t Nov 2012 #11
HockeyMom Nov 2012 #12
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #20
HockeyMom Nov 2012 #22
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #25
yardwork Nov 2012 #29
progressoid Nov 2012 #13
kestrel91316 Nov 2012 #14
begin_within Nov 2012 #15
iandhr Nov 2012 #16
libdem4life Nov 2012 #17
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #19
msanthrope Nov 2012 #21
TrogL Nov 2012 #24
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #26
Blasphemer Nov 2012 #30

Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:53 PM

1. This country is slowly going insane.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:37 PM

18. OH, it already has south of the Mason-Dixon, I think. I feel for the few sane ones

left there.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:47 PM

23. Slowly? We're already there!!

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:53 PM

2. Ow.

My brain.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:56 PM

3. Might be a witch. I hear they can do things... n/t

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:56 PM

4. My God.

That must be the most cowardly school district in the universe.

They actually tried to punish a teacher for letting a gay teenager know that she wasn't obligated to go home and be persecuted by her hate-based family.

Beyond disgusting.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:57 PM

5. "gosh darmnit, someones gotta be blamed for our daughter turning lesbeen, gotta be the teachers,

that's what fox says!"



this story has several "oh please" moments! That poor young woman! I am glad she's away from them. Her own father harassing her on twitter? Disgusting!

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:58 PM

6. Florida? Again...with weirdness?

First, the STEP-father was BULLYING her online?

Jail his ass..."child abuse".

Second, the parents were mad because the school district didn't "rat out" the kid?

Is that their "job"?

Sickos and Pervs...and all adults.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:58 PM

7. Im confused, who is she battling? The article states she was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Response to MadBadger (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:42 PM

28. The teacher was retaliated against by the principal, who has a history of bullying employees,

per the article. It's several pages long.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:01 PM

8. so a straight teacher advising a Gay student that she did not have to return to an abusive home

is why she 'turned' Gay, and why was her stepfather abusing her again?

indeed

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:02 PM

9. I'm wondering ...

Hibbs, a straight woman currently on medical leave from her post at Deerfield Beach High School, was investigated last year after a student's parents complained to the school principal that Hibbs had not informed them of their daughter's sexual orientation, and that the teacher possibly contributed to their daughter being gay. Hibbs has been a teacher for 10 years.


two things:

First, Does a school district have a obligation to notify a parent of any conduct that is non-school related AND where the conduct does not constitute a danger to the student or others?

Secondly, Did the school district take the opportunity to education this parent that no teacher/pastor/lover/friend or enemy can "contribute" to a person's being gay?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:11 PM

27. If the student is 18

then there are actually very clear regulations that the school CANNOT legally discuss anything with the parents without the student's permission.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:02 PM

10. Who can I sue for making me straight?

After all, if sexuality is a choice, and is so easily influenced, then someone is damned sure going to pay for making me straight!

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:11 PM

11. Let's see... who did the kid the most harm...

A "step father" who harrasses the kid on twitter, a mother who insults the kid by saying "it must have been the teacher that turned you gay" or the teacher who reaches out to the kid and lets her know what her rights are? Hmmmmmm?

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:16 PM

12. As the Mom of a Lesbian daughter,

let me say first off, NOBODY ELSE can make make you gay or straight. Your GENES determine that one. Second, it sounds like child abuse what this father was doing and every school staff member has the DUTY to prevent that. Third, this "girl" is 18 years old, and adult, and can leave home, and do whatever else she wants. Daddy Dearist wants complete control of his ADULT daughter. I pity what his WIFE must go through.

The teacher, and the school, is definitely not wrong on this. More MEN trying to control WOMEN, and yes this student is a GROWN WOMAN.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:31 PM

20. For clarification

 

it's not a gay "gene" according to the latest research.

They're now thinking it has to do with the prenatal environment and the ratio/time of various sex hormones the fetus is exposed to that leads to differences in neural development.

Given that it's environmental like that (in the biological sense) that explains why it was difficult to nail it down to any one gene despite researchers working on the issue for a long time and having a large sample set to work with.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #20)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:15 PM

22. Want my family genetic tree on that?

I (Only child) had a Gay Aunt out of 2 kids. My husband (2nd child) had a Gay Uncle out of 2 kids. I have a gay daughter out of 2 kids. My sister-in-law has 2 gay kids out of 4 kids.

All of us in both families had the same prenatal conditions? Edit: While it may seem at first that this "skipped" a generation, my parents only had me so no conculsions can be drawn from just one birth. My MIL also had a miscarriage, so can we assume this child wouldn't have been gay? Anyway, too many gays in both families to just be put down to "accidents". At the least, the women in both sides of the family may have INHERITED the same "prenatal conditions".

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #22)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:04 PM

25. Or, you know, it might have been a coincidence

 

your personal anecdote, while interesting, doesn't really trump the multitudes of blind studies that also looked at such variables.

There is no gay gene. If there were we would have found it by now.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #25)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:44 PM

29. Genetics is a lot more complex than that. It could be a combination of genes and environment.

Most things are a combination of genes and environment. It's probably not a single gene, but nobody can rule out a genetic component.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:16 PM

13. This makes me want to drink heavily.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:23 PM

14. The US is officially insane.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:25 PM

15. All I ever got was a copy of Rubyfruit Jungle.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:26 PM

16. Surely you can't be serious.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 04:33 PM

17. Heart goes out to the student and teacher. Perhaps there is something good in all of this

if airing the "forbidden" helps to educate and create change.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:28 PM

19. So . . . she's a witch then?

 

Does she float, like a duck?

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:35 PM

21. Well, this Hibbs woman has some special gay-turning mojo!!!!!

I mean, she's straight, but can turn random students into gays?????





TO THE JURY---THIS IS SARCASM!!!

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:01 PM

24. You can't change someones sexual orientation

Somebody bi can be tempted to the other side of the street but sone one on the polarities cant

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:08 PM

26. I can not believe they actually investigated this. Than again I can.

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Response to shawn703 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:45 PM

30. Sounds like the district should have been investigating Principal Marlow

instead of Ms. Hibbs. Marlow should have immediately gotten social services involved. Even though the student is 18, she is unlikely to have the resources necessary to just up and leave home and support herself immediately. Not to mention calling the police to investigate the harassment.

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