Lee County Schools Superintendent Gregory Adkins is requesting the termination of an East Lee High School ROTC instructor who is accused of telling students that people in the LGBT community would suffer consequences for their lifestyles.
“The investigation determined that [Villanueva] imposed his personal religious beliefs and views regarding gender identity on students during classroom and other instructional time,” school district documents said.
District employees accused Villanueva of violating state ethics and professional codes through “conduct that is disruptive to the learning environment.”
Villanueva defended his comments saying he had good intentions.
“My intentions were always the benefit of the kids. Maybe I overstep my boundaries because sometimes parents allow kids to take certain decisions that you wonder what’s going on,” he said Tuesday.
The former ROTC instructor has requested an administrative hearing, according to the agenda for Tuesday’s board meeting. Adkins will request that Villanueva’s suspension continue during that process, which could take several months.
Villanueva said he is still fighting for his job.