Burien: Standing up for discrimination, students at a Catholic school in Seattle staged a mass-walkout and came together to protest against the biased dismissal of two gay teachers. It all began after English teacher Paul Danforth and soccer coach Michelle Beattie quit Kennedy Catholic High in Burien, Seattle, soon after getting engaged to their same-sex partners. However, it later emerged that they were forced out from the school on the account of them being ‘gay’. Also Read - Tata Steel Asks LGBTQ Employees To Declare Partners To Avail HR Benefits, Progressive Move Lauded
Paul’s fiance Sean Nyberg confirmed the news and said that his partner had been “forced out soon after he proposed to him at Disneyland on November 1.” Also Read - Google Celebrates The 50th Anniversary of Pride of LGBTQ With Interactive Doodle
As the news surfaced, angry students gathered in the corridors to stage a sit-in protest and then expressed their displeasure by walking out reports Metro UK.
Students held signs with messages of support for the teachers and the wider LGBTQ community, including the command to “Love Your Neighbour” and the request to “Pray the Hate Away.”
What’s heartwarming is that parents and locals joined the protest too along with students.
After the school announced the teachers’ resignation in a Facebook post, Councilman Dave Upthegrove wrote that the school “today fired (forced the resignation of) two of their teachers solely because they are gay/lesbian. This is a reminder of the blatant discrimination that continues to exist in our community against members of the LGBT community. I hope everyone who values fairness and equality is as disgusted and outraged by the mean-spirited action of this anti-LGBT institution.”
Let’s hope that the school soon realises its mistake and reinstates the teachers.