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NEW: An award-winning Duval teacher with honors from then-Gov. Rick Scott refused to abide by a transgender teen's pronouns, prompting training + an apology. But he continued posting bigoted memes mocking the LGBTQ community:…
The story starts in August, when an incoming trans sophomore at Sandalwood High School emailed her teachers letting them know her chosen name & pronouns. Thomas Caggiano, 61, said no. He called it "non-negotiable."…
The incident was reported & investigated. Caggiano remained teaching. The student transferred. Caggiano apologized to the principal but never her. Days later, he wrote "love it!" on a story about protesting trans students using school restrooms…
Now, as the school year wraps up, he’s still teaching. Duval Schools launched an inquiry into Caggiano after the Times-Union shared some of his transphobic, xenophobic and racist public social media posts.
CW: we quote some of these posts in the story…
We also share a glossary of terms you'll see throughout the story as well as resources those in the LGBTQ community can call if they need help. @JASMYNJax @TrevorProject @glaad @EqualityFlorida @splcenter

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