This one is the easiest of calls.
Seth Stambaugh, a student teacher for the 4th and 5th grades at an elementary school in Beaverton, Oregon, was asked by one of the students if he was married. Stambaugh said he was not and, when the student asked why, replied that it would be illegal for him to get married in Oregon because he “would choose to marry another guy.” The student asked if that meant Stambaugh preferred to be with other men, and Stambaugh responded, “Yeah.”
As a result of this exchange, a parent complained, and Stambaugh was fired. There can be no justification for this. He was not advocating homosexuality, nor was he flaunting it. He was not behaving inappropriately, not engaging in conduct that undermined his value as a role model or effective teacher. He was not representing or endorsing illegal activity or dangerous activity. He told the truth, when asked, about his personal situation, and did not embellish it or go into more detail than would be appropriate for any teacher under the same circumstances. The complaining a parent is a bigot, passing on bigoted attitudes to the child. The school district leaders are cowardly and lack responsibility, fairness, respect and common sense.
It’s really as simple as that.
You can read the entire story here.
[Thanks to Joe Cronin, D.C. actor extraordinaire, for the tip.]