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Cool Florida Principal Investigates Straight Teacher For Turning Student Into Lesbian-Gay

Juliet Hibbs, probablyHere is an incredibly stupid story for you! A teacher named Juliet Hibbs at Deerfield Beach High School in Broward County, Florida, was standing in her classroom one day, teaching some nonsense or other, who knows. (Because “Florida.”) As she stood there, she saw one of her students, an 18-year-old woman, slinking lower and lower in her chair. The student’s stepdad had found out she was gay, and was burning up her Twitter feed with doubtless warmhearted messages of love and support. (We all agree that young lady should not have been checking her Twitter during class, correct? Okay, good.)

“As each message came, she got smaller … I watched her get destroyed,” Hibbs said, who reported the incident as child abuse and cyberbullying.

Since the young woman was 18, an abuse counselor advised her she did not have to return home. Hmmm, what do we think happened next?

If you had “student’s nutjob parents bitch to the principal that Juliet Hibbs turned their daughter lesbo and tried to get her fired,” then you win eternal sadness for the rest of the day.

The parents told investigators they were upset that Hibbs had not told them about their daughter’s orientation. They accused her of possibly contributing to their daughter being gay and believed Hibbs had told the girl to not come home.

So what did beloved school principal Jon Marlow do? He referred the matter to the district, to investigate whether one of his teachers — a straight woman — had turned a student gay.

So who is this beloved principal? Well here he is in June, being adored by a dozen teachers who said they fear for their jobs, because he is a wackjob abusive harasser.

On Tuesday, teachers and staff at Deerfield Beach High School attended a Broward County School Board meeting to complain about their principal, Jon Marlow. “It was very threatening, very hostile,” recalled former Deerfield Beach High employee Vanetta Gay.

Another employee said, “It is very hostile.”

The school’s vice principal Raquel Lipscomb agreed. “I have basically been bullied out of a job,” she said.

Lipscomb said she has been vice principal at Deerfield Beach High School for two years. However, now Marlow wants her demoted to a teacher, because Lipscomb said she refused to write up a teacher who, in her opinion, did nothing wrong.

Nearly a dozen employees went before the school board to show their support for Lipscomb and to share their personal stories. One employee told the board, “He initially told me, ‘I think you need to find somewhere else to work.'”

Among the disgruntled employees was the school’s teacher of the year, who said, “I have been blacklisted and harassed.”

According to the Deerfield Beach High employees, since Marlow became the school’s principal five years ago, they fear going to work.

Broward Schools employee Wanda Kearney said, “As soon as Jon Marlow stepped on campus, that’s when all hell broke loose.”

Of course, it probably wasn’t just Marlow. Former Deerfield Beach High civics teacher Allen West says that place is so cray-cray he volunteered to go back to Afghanistan.

Hibbs has filed suit with the EEOC.

[Sun-Sentinel, via ThinkProgress / WSVN]

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  1. cmdenton47

    A principal like this is not as rare as you might think. "Educational leaders" quite often make teaching a tougher profession.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      In business and politics that's known as "falling up."

      Dude obviously couldn't cut it in the classroom, so he moved into Admin.

          1. sullivanst

            Oh, after spending my childhood watching my father barely manage to retain his sanity dealing with corporate nonsense, I made sure never to join a truly big company – my first employer had a staff count in the low 300s, and my current company is much smaller.

      1. redarmyzombie

        Yes, the time honored American practice of promoting people uniquely unqualified for their position.

        Is it any wonder we ended up in a sinkhole?

    2. OneDollarJuana

      I have two family members who were hounded out of jobs by crazy principals. All too common, I fear.

    3. DemmeFatale

      Both my parents were teachers and I grew up hearing things like "peter principle" and failing up.
      They taught in many different schools, (DOD), around the world, and out of all of them, there was only ONE administrator that they respected.
      They would NEVER have aspired to be out of the classroom.
      The idea in the article that a vice-principal could be "demoted" to a teacher is ridiculous.
      But maybe times have changed. (sigh)

        1. fawkedifiknow

          The point is that if Obama won Florida despite the efforts to disenfranchise, then they maybe didn't “do it right.”Dick Heitman

    1. Tio_Doidinho

      Daddy loves Mommy very, very much. But Daddy moved in with Uncle Carlos because Uncle Carlos has eight thick inches and Mommy does not.

      Does that help?

      1. HistoriCat

        Statistically speaking, every gay person comes from a long line of relatives who were predominately straight..

  2. ProgressiveInga

    The Teacher/Nuns at my school totally made me gay by screaming at me to not ever even think about being gay, ever.

    Try this exercise: Whatever you do, don't think about a horse. See, you thought about a horse, didn't you?

    1. actor212

      I thought about a fine steed with straight fetlocks and a blonde mane that flowed in the wind as I brought the crop down on its flanks, urging it on, faster, faster…harder….HARDEROMGYES!YES!YES!

  3. Buzz Feedback

    My prediction is that Principal Marlow has an @$$hole the size of a mason jar and is banging Jill Kelley's husband.

    1. bikerlaureate

      An accusation, without evidence, is a good enough reason. Thankfully this problem couldn't happen in a private school, because all of the wingnuts and their teachers are happy two-parents-of-opposite-sexes households, etc. etc.

  4. Woodshedding

    The thing to watch out for that'll prove that teacher was recruiting, is if she receives her prize toaster in the mail.

      1. shelwood46

        Williams-Sonoma mini pie makers? One of those puffy pancake pans? I might consider switching for a very fancy coffee maker..

      2. redarmyzombie

        Weedlord, what's are new recruiting incentive? Are we doing blenders this year, or color-coded silverware?

      3. HistoriCat

        Is there a catalog? Is this like those evil school fundraisers where they raise the kid's hopes that he or she can sell thousands of dollars worth of shitty merchandise and win the cool prizes? (Why yes, I do have a child who just started Kindergarten, thanks for asking.)

  5. Dr_Zoidberg

    Wow, now I wish I was gay, because the gays have all the neatest super-powers! Turning straights to gay, causing natural disasters, destroying marriage, bringing about Armageddon…

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Yep. Googly him. He was a dick, but invented boot camp, supply depots, and the bayonet. Kind of the Lieutenant Scheiskopf of 17th century French Army.

    1. YerMa

      They found some Ghey Pills™ mixed in The Jelly Belly™ jar on her desk (HINT: those are not 'buttered popcorn, that's just gross).

  6. Oblios_Cap

    Broward County should know better. I figured this was from Jacksonville when I read the headline. One expects that medieval behavior over there.

    1. MosesInvests

      Close-the real craziness is in Clay County, where a few years back a principal punished a student for wearing a tux in her senior yearbook picture.

  7. BaldarTFlagass

    Her stepdad was really pissed to find out she was gay, because he was planning on banging her a little later. Hey, it's Florida, y'all.

  8. En_Buenora

    The teacher should threaten to use her gay conversion powers on the principle and all the PTA leaders, if they don't learn to watch what they say, because they just don't know what sort of power they're dealing with.

  9. Woodshedding

    BTW, OT sort of, but I just went on to negatively review a deLonghi toaster oven – you can't calibrate the heat – and others reported that theirs had caught on fire, the glass had exploded, all kind o' stuff! So buyer beware. And if we didn't have so many damn gays running the country, maybe we could get some decent products. We need to deport them all to China. No wait, that's where the products are made. D'OH! Damn gays, ruining my WHOLE LIFE!!!

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Quality control in the Italian manufacturing sector has taken a sharp nose dive since Berlusconi left office.

    2. MegPasadena

      Things are really not like what they used to be.
      My Philips toaster claims to have 7 shades of brownness. It goes from dark brown to charcoal.

  10. edgydrifter

    Thus increasing the number of positive contributions made to society and culture by Twitter to zero.

  11. Mojopo

    Now I has sads and angry. But not as much as anyone involved with this nightmare. How can I help? Because this shit does not fly with homie.

    1. Weedlord BonerHitler

      Me too I haz a sadz and angriez. She's talked to the EEOC, and they used to be pretty competent, so at this point the only thing to do is make sure her story is kept in the media and that there is support for the girl. That part, I don't know how to do. PFLAG? There must be a chapter even in Broward County.

    1. Lizzietish81

      Florida doesn't like that Arizona is competing for its title of Worst Place to Live and is fighting back.


    2. Beach_Bubba_Tex

      Puh-lease… in Texas they have these dust-ups in daycare (and the little tikes are armed, too)

  12. sullivanst

    Good grief. I knew West had a failed stint as a teacher (can there be a better poster child for the opposition to alt-cert teacher programs?), but a fucking civics teacher? Save us all!

    It astonished him that his students knew nothing about the Constitution or why the Civil War was fought.

    I presume this to mean they actually knew a lot about the Constitution and why the Civil War was fought, and therefore didn't agree with his insane drivel at all.

      1. sullivanst

        Now that is an excellent question, the need for which causes me to be even more grateful that West's stint in the front of a classroom was a short one.

      2. bobbert

        Yes. If he was, you know, the civics teacher, you might reasonably expect him to teach civics. Perhaps he thought he was the civics inspector?

  13. BaldarTFlagass

    "Juliet Hibbs turned their daughter lesbo"

    Was it a literature class? Obviously she was forced to read too much Gertrude Stein and Patricia Highsmith.

  14. Botlrokit

    …and the student was still 18, and Hibbs was talking to an "age of majority" student. And the principal was a pussy.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        One for sure, when, at sixteen, the only lubricant I could find in the medicine cabinet was Vicks Vapo Rub.

  15. Mumbletypeg

    The persistence of divergent sexual orientation — and the spirit of pursuing the truth about oneself against a tide of bigotry, intimidation tactics and loathsome epithets — has found some realization in stalwart individuals who've come out to public scorn from those who cravenly ignore what biology and history support beyond theory into practice.

    The persistence of vile, soul-less, morally bankrupt dildoes getting positions of authority like this principal has, on the other hand, defies what any amount of research, justification or self-projecting can pin down.

  16. RelicOven

    I can't even image hearing that one of your students parents think you turned their kid gay. I'd think I was drugged or something.

  17. Biel_ze_Bubba

    I used to think Carl Hiaasen was very imaginative writer. It's become apparent, however, that he's really just a reporter.

  18. Come here a minute

    If she wants to hold on to her job, Ms Hibbs had better start teaching about Jesus riding the dinosaurs. Dok Zoom can point her to all the right textbooks.

  19. Weedlord BonerHitler

    This is tough for me to snark about. Abusive crazy parents, gay kid, lone helpful figure threatened by more abusive crazy people.

    Sounds just like home! Excuse me while I go smoke a fucking shitload.

      1. Weedlord BonerHitler

        I got granted the title by its creator, I believe. In the event, I bagged it, called dibs on it, reserved it, and lined up my avs for the day after the election, when I could rid me of every trace of Romney. YESH.

        OK, WHY AREN'T YOU surprised at my reincarnation?

        1. Chet Kincaid_

          I don't really want to look at your dildo 700 times a day, but I'm sure you have your reasons for making the Wonkette comments NSFW for everybody with that avatar, and as long as you're enjoying yourself!

          1. Weedlord BonerHitler

            You know what, Chet? You need to stop trying to pick a fight with me. I am not going to respond the way you want me to, so get over your fucking self, OK? Geeze, what a whiner. You don't like it? Take a poll. If the majority agrees with you, I'm happy to change my av. I've always been perfectly reasonable, and you've always been a hissy-fit-throwing little princess. Get the fuck over yourself. You want to talk to me, you can always talk to me. But all this bullshit sniping and petty-assed whining? It's not going to work. Take a poll and get back to me, Chet. And remember, I'm not angry with you. I'm still your friend, I still care about you, stop trying to get on my nerves and we'll treat this like it never happened. Or, pick your own poison.

          1. CommieDad

            Yep, I keep thinking about wrapping my lips around it and sucking it. Ok. I told my wife I would not suck on dick bongs. On weekdays. Is it Friday?

          2. Weedlord BonerHitler

            See, now, if you wanted your WIFE to be cool about it, you shouldn'ta mentioned the *dick* part, knowhatImean? Although I'm guessing she wouldn't be too happy if it were a twatbong either. Wives. Can't live without them, can't talk them into your latest louche fantasy.

  20. Beach_Bubba_Tex

    This is when I miss "Worst Person in the World" and the joy I would receive when thinking about their email inbox the next day.

      1. WootInTarnation

        Word Up. I'm off to the interwebs to find out how to send a message of support to the abused queer young woman (been that) and the brave, empathetic, super-human wonderfulness of a courage-monster that is that teacher.

    1. horsedreamer_1

      My eighth grade algebra teacher was a lesbian. She didn't make me any gayer, though. But she did make me love lesbians.

    1. prommie

      Alas, noone remembers Nick Nolte's role in Teachers! That movie inspired me to be anything but a teacher. I am still trying to figure out how to sue the producers of And Justice For All for inspiring me to become a lawyer.

      1. Detesticle

        Holy shitsnacks, I forgot about that movie. But the Nick Nolte part of my brain is pretty full-up with North Dallas Forty.

  21. magic_titty

    You know how many high school girls I tried to turn sorta lesbian? What is the secret, teacher-lady!?

  22. BZ1

    In my other life as a teacher, I have met my share of dimwitted and abusive administrators, this one appears to be a classic case of the Peter Principle at work.

  23. prommie

    Grown-up people who spend all day hanging around children tend to be childish. This includes teachers and all school employees, football coaches, and army officers.

        1. Weedlord BonerHitler

          My Dad was a stay-at-home Dad for a while. Having Dad around can be wonderful. Especially since he's a lot less likely than Mom to hork up his liver if your friends let you spill their new motorbike.

  24. OneYieldRegular

    Whatever this young woman's orientation, the fact that her step-parent uses Twitter to harass her, especially while she's at school, should be grounds enough for her to move 3,000 miles from home and never look back.

    1. WootInTarnation

      I'm off to find some info how we can support her financially and legally until she can move on. Leaving home without a diploma, and with no money, pretty much means forget college (best-case), or go homeless (worst-case), unless she can get some support.

      That's no easy task. Tuition + the cost of books + cost of living is many times higher than it was in the early-mid 90s when I faced a similar fate.

      I have little snark for this. I and many of my friends went through similar ordeals after coming out. I really just want to help both women in their trials.

  25. UnionSpies

    I have a 3rd grader attending a Georgia public school in a very conservative area. With all the other concerns about raising a kid, I never expected to be called on to fight the librul cause on a regular basis…mainly a bitter stand-off about Chick Fil A that began before the national brouhaha.

    I am now kind of a joke among the parents – they just roll their eyes and laugh, good naturedly. I didn't mind it for awhile but I've pretty much had it. Third grade and I'm already burned out.

    Is this story what I have to look forward to as she advances through the grades? Effing homeschooling is starting to sound good. Or move out of the South until she graduates from high school.

    1. DemmeFatale

      It must be tough.
      You must get a head ache from rolling your eyes so hard.
      An inspirational story for you:
      My mom was a 3rd grade teacher on an Air Force base in England during the Watergate crisis. She got in trouble when one of her students asked her why the president was gone. She replied that the president was a liar, and that lying was bad. This kid's father stormed in to her classroom and asked her how she could say that his boss, his Commander-in-Chief, was a liar.
      "He was," she said.

  26. DahBoner

    cray cray

    And by that you don't mean a really well-funded computer science club with two supercomputers in da basement?

      1. proudgrampa

        Actually, I think I've read just about everything he has written. I guess life really DOES imitate art!

  27. smellypossum

    Can someone PUHLEEEASE shut off the Florida State Bilge Pump so it will quietly sink into the sea?

  28. CommieDad

    What to say? OK, no snark. So what the fuck should the teacher have done? Should she have told someone she thought the girl was gay? What the fuck? She referred the girl to a counselor. I think that is in general a good idea for a kid who's going through trauma! So in summary, showing kindness to someone is grounds for getting fired.

    For fuck's sake.

  29. CommieDad

    Ok. Now I can snark. Here are other things that can get you fired as a teacher at Deerfield Beach High:

    * Assisting children who are behind catch up with the rest of the class.
    * Teaching reasoning skills.
    * Being nice to the queer kids. Oh wait, covered that.
    * ???

  30. elgin_pelican

    According to the right, your average public school teacher is a useless union thug who couldn't teach their way out of a paper bag. But now they have the pedagogic skill to teach someone teh gay?

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