FARMERSBURG, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana special education teacher who said gays have no purpose in life has been suspended.

Superintendent Mark Baker of the Northeast School Corp. in Sullivan County said Wednesday the teacher is on administrative leave out of concern “for the safety and security of everyone in our buildings.”

He said the “administration and one school employee in particular” at North Central Junior-Senior High School have received “aggressive email messages.”

State police and the local sheriff’s department are stationing officers at the Farmersburg school.

Baker did not identify the teacher, but Diana Medley’s comments have circulated widely on social networking sites amid news coverage in nearby Sullivan of a non-school sanctioned prom that would ban gay students.