EQFL Note: Lake County schools and their now infamous anti-gay teacher, Jerry Buell, continue to attract national attention. While Buell is now free to create a toxic environment for LGBT students in his classroom, others are working to help those very same students. Read about this recent "It Gets Better" campaign that is going viral.
Playboy Club's Benanti, Easy A's Royal, Emmy Winner Gold Show Support for Mt. Dora "It Gets Better" Petition
By Jamie McGonnigal
Florida’s Mount Dora High School has been getting a lot of extra attention in the past few weeks. Last month. One of their teachers, Jerry Buell took to his Facebook page after seeing a news story about marriage equality in New York. His status update said that he “nearly threw up” upon hearing about the state’s decision to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
Buell was immediately suspended and then upon threat of a lawsuit, he was reinstated by the school district citing first amendment rights. Since then, students have come forward to describe the atmosphere in his classroom, which was less-than welcoming for LGBT and students.
In the interest of letting LGBT students at Mt. Dora H.S. know they are supported in their academic environment, a Change.org petition was started to request Mr. Buell’s colleagues to put together an “It Gets Better” video.