Target: Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie
Goal: Investigate Deerfield Beach High School principal Jon Marlow for falsely accusing a teacher of turning her student into a lesbian
In 2011, Florida high school teacher Juliet Dibbs was accused by a parent of turning his daughter into a lesbian. Dibbs is a straight woman who took notice of the student because of her behavior in class. The student was facing abuse from her stepfather, who had just found out the 18 year old was a lesbian. Dibbs reported the stepfather for child abuse. The girl did not return home after this incident. The stepfather accused Dibbs of turning the teenager into a lesbian and telling her not to return home. Although this accusation would seem ridiculous, principal Jon Marlow led a formal investigation against Dibbs to determine if she had in fact turned a teenager into a lesbian.
Sexuality is not determined by the influence of a single teacher. The accusations against Dibbs were clearly unfounded and homophobic, yet Marlow followed through with a formal investigation. This investigation has damaged Dibbs’s reputation. Dibbs says that before this incident, she had an “impeccable record” for 10 years. As Marlow agreed with a clearly homophobic and abusive parent, he ruined the career of a teacher who was only trying to help her student.
Marlow has been reported before because of his bullying of the teachers at the high school. The school board has never investigated his conduct. Marlow’s actions as principal have intimidated and ruined the careers of teachers such as Dibbs. Dibbs has still not received any sort of apology for the investigation based on clearly false accusations. Demand that Marlow be investigated for his conduct as a principal, and his investigation of false accusations.
Dear Mr. Runcie,
In 2011, Deerfield Beach High School principal Jon Marlow launched an investigation against teacher Juliet Dibbs on the basis of unfounded and homophobic accusations from a parent. Dibbs was accused of turning a student into a lesbian. This is a ridiculous accusation, as it is impossible for sexuality to be determined by the influence of a single teacher. Marlow should have known this and should not have launched his investigation, which ruined Dibbs’s career.
I ask you to investigate Jon Marlow’s conduct as principal. He was willing to investigate and disclaim a teacher with an impeccable record based on a homophobic accusation. There are also many other complaints from teachers at Deerfield Beach High School accusing Marlow of bullying school staff. Marlow’s conduct shows that he is a bully and an unfit principal. An investigation is long overdue.
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