New Jersey teacher prompts outrage with anti-gay Facebook post

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Anthony Johnson has the story of a Catholic high school teacher whose rant sparked outrage among alumni, including actress Susan Sarandon. (WABC)

A Catholic school teacher in New Jersey who went on an anti-gay rant on Facebook has sparked national outrage among alumni, which includes a former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member and Garden State-raised Susan Sarandon.

Now, Imacculata High School in Somerville is distancing itself from theology teacher Patricia Jannuzzi.

It all started with the comments, which said gays "want to re-engineer western civilization into a slow extinction"

Jannuzzi went on to post, "We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity." She also states the idea that gays are protected under the 14th Amendment is "bologna."

Students had these opinions about her Facebook rant.

"I had Ms. Jannuzzi this semester, and the way that she is being perceived here as somebody that's a hateful person, it's just not fair," one said.

"I've talked to her a few times, all good things," another added. "I've never heard anything bad from her, so I was surprised hearing this."

Former student Scott Lyon was shocked to hear his former teacher's comments. He posted a photo of the child he is raising with his husband in Los Angeles and wrote, "I found your classes and teaching during my time at IHS to be focused on love and acceptance. I can't help but be offended and disappointed by the position."

Lyon's aunt, actress Susan Sarandon, supports her nephew's comments.

"So proud of my nephew Scott and the dialogue he started," she wrote. "High school is a tough time anyway. Students don't need teachers making it even more difficult."

The administration made Jannuzzi take down her controversial post and issued its own statement, saying, "Through our investigation, we have determined that the information posted on this social media page has not been reflected in the curriculum content of the classes she teaches."
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