Deerfield Beach High School Teacher Says She Didn't Contribute to Student's Sexual Orientation

Juliet Hibbs said "it's so absurd"

By Sharon Lawson
|  Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 11:06 PM EDT
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Juliet Hibbs was investigated by the Broward County Public Schools for inappropriate misconduct. The report stated that a parent was concerned that Hibbs possibly contributed to her daughter's homosexuality. She said the charge is not true.

Juliet Hibbs was investigated by the Broward County Public Schools for inappropriate misconduct. The report stated that a parent was concerned that Hibbs possibly contributed to her daughter's homosexuality. She said the charge is not true. "Of course not, you can't turn anyone gay," she said. The case was closed with no further action from the district, but Hibbs claimed that the school's principal is bullying her. A school board representative said that on at least two occasions they tried to have a sit-down meeting with Hibbs, but the meetings were cancelled.

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A Deerfield Beach High School teacher says she’s outraged with the backlash she’s received following an unusual accusation.

Juliet Hibbs was investigated by the Broward County Public Schools for inappropriate misconduct. The report stated that a parent was concerned that Hibbs possibly contributed to her daughter's homosexuality.

Asked if the charge against her is true, Hibbs replied, “Of course not, you can't turn anyone gay."

Hibbs said “it’s so absurd.”

The case started last school year, and was closed with no further action from the district. But Hibbs said her trials were far from over.

She said Principal Jon Marlow has it out for her, and claims that he is bullying her "because I am quote ‘have a big mouth and I'm not apologetic.'”

Marlow was named as the complainant in the inappropriate misconduct case.

A school board representative said that on at least two occasions they tried to have a sit-down meeting with Hibbs, but the meetings were cancelled.

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Hibbs claims that the bad blood between them began when she challenged a school-related contract. After that, Hibbs said, she was denied access to school property, sabotaged and written up when she was late or missed classes due to health issues.

She said the stress caused her psoriasis to act up on her face. She is now on medical leave due to stress.

Hibbs said she is filing charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after the district failed to intervene.

"Where is the protection that is promised from the district for the teachers and the staff? And the fact is there isn't any,” she said.

Hibbs said she plans to address the school board to discuss her concerns at a meeting Dec. 4.

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