A former Florida teacher of the year has been temporarily reassigned while the school district investigates if his anti-gay comments on Facebook violate the ethics code.

Mount Dora High School teacher Jerry Buell provided Fox News Radio with the comments that he says got him in so much trouble.

“I’m watching the news, eating dinner when the story about New York okaying same-sex unions came on and I almost threw up,” Buell wrote in a July 25 Facebook message. “And now they showed two guys kissing after their announcement. If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool of whatever. God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable?”

“By the way, if one doesn’t like the most recently posted opinion based on biblical principles and God’s laws, then go ahead and unfriend me. I’ll miss you like I miss my kidney stone from 1994. And I will never accept it because God will never accept it. Romans chapter one,” he added in a subsequent message.

Buell’s Facebook page was marked private, but one former student saw the comments and notified Lake County officials.

“All teachers are bound by a code of special ethics (and) this is a code ethics violation investigation,” Lake County Schools communication officer Chris Patton explained.

“He has (more than) 700 friends,” he added. “How private is that – really? Social media can be troubling if you don’t respect it and know that just because you think you are in a private realm – it’s not private.”

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