Ponce de Leon High School Principal Back to the Classroom

The Holmes County School District approved a move to transfer a controversial principal back to the classroom this week.

David Davis was involved in controversy when the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a student.

Eleventh-grader Heather Gillman alleged she and other students' rights of free speech were violated when they supported gay rights'.

After a trial in Panama City Federal Court, a judge ruled in favor of the students.

The Holmes County School District was ordered to pay out more than $300,000 in damages and attorney fees.

Davis has chosen to return to the classroom and teach American government and other classes.

Buddy Brown will return to the high school as principal. He's been working in the district's Bonifay office over recent years.


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  • by TR Location: Colorado on Aug 20, 2008 at 05:24 PM
    This "Hero" Instead of insuring that his school was safe for all his students, principal David Davis instead began harassing and intimidating the student. When other students at the school began to express their support for the lesbian student, Davis and his gang widened their intimidation campaign to include those students, singling out those who wore rainbows on their clothing, or the words “gay pride,” or even “I support my gay and lesbian friends.” They even suspended some of them (And I hope those students sue him too. What an awesome example of utter stupidity. Sixteen year old girls, considered just as bad as membership in Al Quaeda. Unbelievable.It is not hard to see why Gillman won.David Davis is saying that if someone sees a rainbow, they are immediately going to have uncontrollable gay sex fantasies. He said this on the stand. As a witness. In Federal court. Can you believe this? Not a model of what you want in a high school in any capacity.
  • by Brunette Location: PDL on Aug 4, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    I agree with John K. He should not be teaching anything about government when he can't exercise it the right way. And now the school district has to suffer forking over $300,000 for a stupid lawsuit that was a waste of time and money.
  • by Jordan Location: PDL on Aug 3, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    It's not about Amendment's it about having an good man lossing his job !!
  • by Patrick Location: California on Jul 29, 2008 at 04:39 PM
    About what I'd expect from a redneck town in Florida.
  • by John K. Location: DKeat80433@aol.com on Jul 24, 2008 at 09:09 PM
    American Government? Seriously? The guy that doesn't even understand something as simple as the First Amendment's Freedom of Speech? Figures.
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