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Anti-Gay FL School Board Hit With Legal Fees

Timothy Kincaid

July 28th, 2008

ddavis.bmpIn May we told you about Principal David Davis at Panama City, Florida’s Ponce de Leon High School. Mr. Davis was unhappy that a gay student had friends and supporters so he banned all positive messages about gays or equality, be it by button, armband, sticker or symbol. The ACLU didn’t find that amusing and sued Davis and his school board.

I commented at the time that Davis seemed astonishingly stupid. My opinion hasn’t changed.

Davis outed a gay student to her parents, organized a “morality assembly”, and interrogated students about their orientation, and suspended students that were part of the “Gay Pride” movement.

Now the judge has issued his opinion (pdf) and has awarded legal recovery to the plaintiffs. And Davis’ homophobia cost the district $325,000 in legal fees and cost (plus a dollar to the plaintiff).

As for Davis, (WTVY)

Davis has chosen to return to the classroom and teach American government and other classes.

Somehow I don’t think that the curricula involving the First Amendment will receive the attention that it deserves.

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Jamie
July 29th, 2008 | LINK

I would really love to hear the reason why, after proving that he cannot separate personal theology from public policy, this man would be allowed back into the classroom to teach anything. AND I am curious as to why he would be allowed to teach after “lifting the shirts of female students.” Talk about aberrant behavior!

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[...] I had this all typed out long form, but it took forever to get to the point. Let’s try a few bullet points instead. Here’s an incomplete list of what this high school principal did. (View the full report here (pdf) with thanks to the Box Turtle Bulletin.) [...]

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