Anonymous Backs South Florida Teacher Accused of Turning Student into Lesbian
International hacktivists organization Anonymous is throwing its support behind a South Florida teacher whose reputation was tainted after being investigated for allegedly turning a student into a lesbian.
“I reported properly and I was charged with professional misconduct for reporting the abuse,” Juliet Hibbs wrote on a Nov. 12 Facebook post on the wall of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “This was a tactic by my bullying principal.”
The post got over 120 comments and 250 ‘likes.’ And it caught the attention of several Anonymous subgroups, including Anonymous New Jersey.
In a Pastebin post, Anonymous published contact information for several producers of The Ellen DeGeneres show and urged people to contact them to feature the story.
“The only thing that this teacher did was try help out a student and stop her step dad from bullying her because she was a lesbian,” the group writes. “Please send one of these emails this link or read it and tell them to please do a story about this.”
Hibbs, a teacher at Deerfield Beach High School, was approached by a student seeking help. She said her stepfather cyberbullied her on Twitter because of her sexual orientation.
“As each message came, she got smaller,” Hibbs told the Sun-Sentinel. “I watched her get destroyed.”
Hibbs put the student in contact with a counselor, who told the 18-year-old she didn’t have to put up with the harassment since she was now an adult. The student took her word for it and never returned home.
She was then investigated for misconduct after the parents alleged to the school’s principal that she turned their daughter into a lesbian. While the investigation was dropped, Hibbs, who is straight, says her career was ruined.
Hibbs is currently on medical leave dealing with the trauma of the incident.
This is not the first time Anonymous New Jersey support LGBT issues. Last month, the group was involved in the hacking of several Ugandan government websites to protest a bill that could make homosexuality punishable by death in the African country.
“If they actually do pass the bill id image that itd be free game on the entire Ugandan government,” the group told SFGN via Twitter. “No court would convict anyone of trying to save lives.”