Diana Medley, the special education teacher who said gays have no purpose, has been placed on administrative leave.

Medley created a firestorm of controversy when she argued in favor of a gay-free prom at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, saying that being gay is a choice.

“We don't agree with it and it's offensive to us,” Medley told NBC affiliate WTWO.

“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal.”

“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them,” she added. “It's the same thing with my special needs kids. I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”

When asked if the same goes for gays, Medley answered: “No I honestly don't [think they have a purpose in life]. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it. A gay person isn't going to come up and make some change unless it's to realize that it was a choice and they're choosing God.”

Northeast School Corporation Superintendent Mark A. Baker, who has previously defended Medley's right to free speech, said in a statement that the “employee at the center of this concern” has been placed on administrative leave “in response to our concerns for the safety and security of everyone in our buildings.”

Baker added that the district has “conveyed our disappointment and our disagreement with these statements and have emphasized her comments do not reflect our schools' views or opinions.”