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Former Corunna teacher is suing the district

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(02/06/13) - A former Corunna high school teacher is suing the district.

Brook Johnson claims she was fired for advising a diversity club that displayed pictures of influential people in the gay and lesbian community.

It was part of LGBT awareness month back in 2009.

The Corunna school board voted to take down the display.

Johnson says the board decided to put it back up only after the ACLU got involved.

However, Johnson claims the problems started for her the next school year after the high school hired new administrators.

"I had seven observations in a three month period and they got worse and worse, they would find different things that I was not doing right," Johnson said.

Johnson says the poor evaluations led to her being fired in 2011. She believes she was targeted because she supported the diversity group.

Her lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court. Shortly after, ABC12  sat down with Brook Johnson and her attorney Jonathan Marko from Rasor Law Firm.

"We are alleging violations with the U.S. constitution, specifically the first amendment, which is  freedom of speech. We all have a right to voice our opinion without being retaliated based on our speech," Marko said.

 Johnson says she is now openly gay, but says she was not at the time she worked at Corunna High School. 

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