A catholic teacher who posted a slew of homophobic rants on Facebook has returned to her position at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey.
Officials at the catholic high school announced Friday they had reinstated Patricia Jannuzzi, 57, a veteran theology teacher, effective immediately in a letter to students and parents the NY Daily News reported.
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Jannuzzi had immediately deactivated her public profile page at school at the request of officials last month, and the school in a borough of Somerset County in the New York metropolitan area put her on administrative leave two days after alums started an uproar about the 33-year-old educator’s online commentary.
In one post, the catholic teacher wrote that people who take offense to the notion that gays and lesbians have chosen to be attracted the same sex “want to reengineer western civ into a slow extinction(.) We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!”
She also posted that she would love to move to Nebraska in an attempt to help those trying to block same-sex marriage in the state and compared a story about three Massachusetts women residing as married partners to the Islamic State’s brutal terrorist attacks abroad.
“Between this and many Egyptian men being beheaded… when will the evil stop?” she wrote.
Jannuzzi will resume her duties with an understanding that the matter “was a personnel issue and not one about theology” and not one meriting any ore further discussions among faculty and students, according to the letter from the school director Msgr. Seamus Brennan.
“It is the school’s position that a Catholic school teacher must always communicate the faith in a way that is positive and never hurtful,” the letter reads, according to MyCentralJersey.com. “Tone and choice of words matter and I trust Mrs. Jannuzzi’s stated promise to strive always to teach in a spirit of truth and charity.
“Given Mrs. Jannuzzi’s otherwise good reputation as an educator over her 30 years at Immaculata, principal Jean Kline and I have made the decision to reinstate her as a teacher as of today.”
The reinstatement comes after several weeks of talks between representatives of the Diocese of Metuchen and Jannuzzi’s attorney, David R. Oakley.