The Star Tribune reports that Dianne Cleveland and Walter Filison, two teachers at Anoka-Hennepin’s STEP school who are accused of repeatedly mocking a straight student by calling him gay until he transfered to another school, are on unpaid, indefinite leave. The Strib quotes Cleveland’s lawyer saying he thinks the school board is investigating his client, and suggesting that pressure from Adam Fairbanks and other organizers behind the 1,500-member Facebook group “Tell Anoka-Hennepin School Dist. to fire anti-gay teachers” played a role in Cleveland’s decision. However, most STEP parents the Strib interviewed weren’t aware of the controversy surrounding the two teachers.

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