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The NYPD has zeroed in on allegations made by actress Paz de la Huerta, who called police on October 25th to report Weinstein raped her twice in 2010. The NYPD has said they believe her allegations are credible. (Nov. 9) AP

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Lely High history teacher Brian Milner publicly posted inflammatory remarks to his Facebook page, including one where he called Harvey Weinstein’s accusers “whores” who “sold their bodies and dignity for a movie part.”

“Every actress that accepted a role from Harvey Weinstein and was sexually harassed or raped and said nothing about it, is a Whore!” he wrote in an Oct. 14 post. “These women sold their bodies and dignity for a movie part! The FCC needs to take legal action against NBC for covering it up. But no action will happen because the movie, TV, and News networks are all in bed together. It disgusts me!”

In other public posts, Milner has criticized homosexuals, NFL players and a former student. 

[In an Oct. 14 Facebook post, Lely High history teacher Brian Milner called Harvey Weinstein’s victims “whores” who “sold their bodies and dignity for a movie part.”]

The CCPS employee social media policy states: “Employees must be professional and respectful in all communications with all persons, whether for District use, and/or personal use where such use could impact in any way upon the District, its reputation, and the employee’s reputation as a District employee… Employees who violate the provisions of these guidelines risk being subject to appropriate disciplinary action.”

Collier County Public Schools spokesman Greg Turchetta declined to comment on Milner’s social media post or say whether the district plans to take disciplinary action.

“The District does not comment on inquiries pertaining to employee disciplinary decisions,” he wrote in an email.

Turchetta has, however, commented on similar incidents in the past, including an instance where a teacher denigrated immigrants in a Facebook post. 

The day after the Daily News contacted the Collier County Public School district to review Milner’s personnel file, which is public record, the teacher's Facebook page and his comments were no longer public. Milner then emailed the Daily News:

“I want to know why you were looking at my personnel file today," he wrote. "If you want to know something contact me. Otherwise this might en up in litigation (sic)."

But after the reporter offered to set up a phone call, Milner declined to meet or discuss his Facebook posts for publication.

“I do not trust reporters,” he wrote.

Brad Shear, founder and general counsel for Digital Armour, a consulting company that advises students and professionals about digital privacy rights, said Milner’s comments about Weinstein’s accusers are “troubling.”

“Everybody has a right to free speech, but you have a challenge here,” he said. “If I had a child in his class, I would demand to have my kid removed.”

Shear, a parent of two who has advised school districts on teacher social media policies in the past, said it’s important for school systems to include educators when creating online behavior guidelines.

“You don’t want to create a policy in a vacuum,” he said. “School districts should discuss these issues not only with staff and administrators but with students. This is a big learning opportunity for the entire community."

Milner's other controversial Facebook comments include an April 20, 2015, post where he linked to a New American article titled, “Former APA President Says Homosexuals Can Change” and suggested gay people use their sexuality to attack religion.

“Gays try to force people with deeply held convictions that a person is Born Gay and cannot change. Yet science proves them wrong,” he wrote. “I hate all types of bullying and homosexuals using pressure to force an abandonment of deeply held religious beliefs amounts to a modern inquisition!”

[Lely High history teacher Brian Milner posted controversial statements on Facebook.]

Milner posted several times about the NFL national anthem protests. On Sept. 27, Milner said NFL players should be arrested for helping to recruit terrorists to ISIS:

“Question: when NFL players publicly disrespect our country, are they giving aid and comfort to ISIS? These people hate Americans and NFL players are helping them recruit terrorists! So can we arrest them all and remand them until trial?”

The next day, Milner commented on Colin Kaepernick’s socks that depicted policemen as pigs:

“That was saying ALL police were Racist. What if someone said “all blacks are criminals”? No one would tolerate that, but we tolerate narrow thinking about people we don’t like. Like it or not we live in a democratic Country. Black folks are a minority not a majority. So why must the majority be ruled by the minority?”

After a third post in which Milner called the players “wimps” and “hypocrites” who need to “man up,” a Facebook user who identified himself as a former student offered Milner an explanation as to why the players were protesting.

Milner replied: “The problem with your generation is the emphasis on yourselves and what you think. It’s all about you. I had hoped you learned from my example.”

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[Lely High history teacher Brian Milner posted controversial statements on Facebook.]

Milner is not the only CCPS teacher who has posted provocative material on social media this year. 

In February, Parkside Elementary teacher Veronica Fleming was transferred to administrative duties pending an investigation after she posted anti-immigrant comments to Facebook.

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Fleming had shared an article about the “Day Without Immigrants” protest in which immigrants were asked to stay home from work or school to highlight their contributions to the U.S. economy.

"The funny part about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are here at work like we've always been,” Fleming wrote. “Looks like less mouths to feed today. Have fun while you still can. So glad to hear about massive deportation. Let's make America great again. Thanks Donald Trump!!"

Ninety-six percent of Parkside Elementary students are minorities.

Shortly after the incident, Turchetta told the Daily News: "The teachers have nothing but love for these students. Anything else is not a reflection of the school."

On Nov. 8, the Daily News asked Turchetta about the outcome of the investigation. Turchetta said Fleming was still employed with CCPS but did not specify in what capacity. Turchetta and the CCPS communications department did not respond to follow up emails asking where Fleming was employed.

A review of Fleming's personnel file revealed she was transferred to Mike Davis Elementary after completing two 25-minute courses on diversity awareness and workplace ethics. Fleming was also required to write a reflection letter and was referred to the Employee Assistance Program.

Fleming wrote a letter to a district employee in April asking not to return to Parkside due to personal safety concerns brought on by the negative response to her comments by parents and community members. 

Fleming is currently teaching English language learners at Mike Davis, according to the school's website. Ninety-four percent of students at Mike Davis are minorities. 

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