Substitute Teacher Fired For Telling Class “Homosexuality Is Wrong”
During a Thanksgiving exercise, one of the students said he was thankful for his two dads — she said that was “nothing to be thankful for.”
A substitute teacher in Cedar Hills, Utah was fired after she allegedly told a fifth grade class that “homosexuality is wrong.”
During a Thanksgiving-themed exercise about gratitude in late November, the teacher asked one of the students at Deerfield Elementary School what he was thankful for, to which he responded that he was thankful for his two fathers. The teacher then launched into an anti-gay rant, and reportedly told the student that his two dads were “nothing to be thankful for.”
The homophobic diatribe continued for over 10 minutes until three students went to notify the principal. According to one of the boy’s fathers, Louis Van Amstel, the students had asked her to stop multiple times, but she refused.
"I’m truly disgusted that the bully in this situation is a teacher in a public school," he wrote in a Twitter thread about the incident.
In a statement to ABC News on Sunday, Kelly Services, which provides substitute teachers for the Alpine School District, confirmed that the teacher had been fired.
“We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate conduct and take these matters very seriously," an agency spokesperson said. "We conducted an investigation and made the decision to end the employee’s relationship with Kelly Services."
Van Amstel, who is also a former dancer on “Dancing with the Stars,” shared his gratitude for the students that spoke out and addressed the teacher’s firing in a Facebook video.