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Teacher Fired for Telling Student With Two Dads That Homosexuality Is Wrong

Teacher Fired for Telling Student With Two Dads That Homosexuality Is Wrong

A Utah substitute teacher was fired after responding to a student expressing gratitude about his two fathers by saying homosexuality is wrong.

Fifth graders at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills said the teacher delivered an anti-gay rant in the classroom, ABC News reported.

The student had been participating in a Thanksgiving exercise about gratitude.

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The school confirmed the teacher had been fired on Sunday.


One of the boy’s fathers posted a video to Twitter last month describing the incident.

“When our son Daniel answered the substitute teacher’s question, ‘What are you thankful for?’ with, ‘I’m thankful for finally being adopted by my two dads,’ the teacher went on to sharing her own views on homosexuality and that it’s wrong,” Louis van Amstel said in a tweet.


Van Amstel, a choreographer who has appeared on “Dancing With the Stars,” claimed the rant lasted for around 10 minutes and that the teacher refused to stop even after three female students protested multiple times.

A spokesperson for the agency which provides substitute teachers for the school district expressed dismay about the incident.

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“We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate conduct and take these matters very seriously,” a spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News. “We conducted an investigation and made the decision to end the employee’s relationship with Kelly Services.”

Cover image: Louis van Amstel. (Screen grab)



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