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Teacher sues school after she was fired for being lesbian

By Mason White 6:13 AM February 11, 2013
Brook Johnson with her attorney 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
A teacher claimed that she was fired from her job because she is a lesbian and involved with a diversity group, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. court.

The former high school teacher sued a school district in central Michigan, after her dismissal, she said was because she is a lesbian and leads a club that celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month.

Brook Johnson filed the lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against Corunna Public Schools, as well as a several school officials, alleging a violation of her First Amendment rights.

The diversity club that Johnson leads had placed a gay pride flag and pictures of several prominent gay and lesbian individuals in a showcase of the school in 2009. Corunna school board voted to remove the display, but Johnson said that the board decided to put it back after the American Civil Liberties Union got involved.

The teacher said she had received constant negative evaluations because she was involved with the diversity club.

“We are alleging violations of the U.S. Constitution, specifically the First Amendment, which is freedom of expression. Everyone has the right to express their opinion without being retaliated against, based on the way we talk,” Johnson’s lawyer, Jonathan Marko, said.