A substitute teacher went on a rant about how "homosexuality is wrong" and that "two men living together is a sin."
A substitute teacher from Utah was immediately relieved of her duties after she scolded an 11-year-old student for appreciating his gay dads for Thanksgiving. The heartbreaking incident unfolded last week at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, which is situated in the northern part of Utah County, where students were asked to share the thing they were most thankful for this year's Thanksgiving. While some kids were thankful for the turkey and mashed potatoes they would be getting on the Holiday, one girl took the opportunity to thank her dog and one boy joked about not having to attend school during that time. When the fifth-grade boy's turn finally arrived he couldn't help but share a rather serious response. "I’m thankful that I’m finally going to be adopted by my two dads," answered the child. While most people would've instantly melted down after hearing this heartfelt answer, this prejudiced teacher snapped at the little boy and said, "Why on earth would you be happy about that?" She then spent the following 10 minutes lecturing her students about homosexuality and why it "wasn't right."
Sharing her disgusting views, the teacher continued talking about how "homosexuality is wrong" and that "two men living together is a sin." If her speech wasn't nauseating enough she targetting the poor child again and said, "That’s nothing to be thankful for." According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, three girls present in the classroom attempted to stop her multiple times. However, their efforts were squandered by the stubbornness of the educator who continued bashing gay relationships. Unable to take any more of her homophobic views, the three pupils left the classroom and made their way towards the principal's office.
One of the most important things you can teach your kids is when and how to say no to authority figures. pic.twitter.com/lM8nn56b92— erinSCIF for America (@erinscafe) November 30, 2019
The substitute teacher had to be escorted out of the building and even while being thrown out of the establishment she kept arguing and attempting to make her point, as per the details provided to the boy's fathers by the school officials. "She also tried to blame our son," said Louis van Amstel, one of the boy's dads adding, "and told him that it was his fault that she went off." Speaking to the outlet Amstel said that the school administrators called up him and his husband Josh as soon as the incident occurred. David Stephenson, the spokesman for the Alpine School District, noted that "appropriate action has been taken."
Now the district has contracted Kelly Services, a staffing company, to provide them substitute teachers. We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," said the company in a statement, adding, "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We’re looking into this situation." And while van Amstel appreciated the response of the three girls, he couldn't help but wonder how the substitute in question ended up in a classroom in the first place. He is determined to not let her ever return to Deerfield Elementary or anywhere in Utah for that matter.
Not all heroes wear capes, some have a better handle on being a good person at the age of eleven than do some adults.— Elizabeth (@ElizabethBevrly) December 1, 2019
"It’s absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did. We were livid. It’s 2019 and this is a public school," shared van Amstel. Furthermore, he explained the effect it had on their son who initially didn't want to say anything about it to the principal due to his two previously failed adoptions. "He was so fearful that this could make us think that we don’t want to adopt him. That’s definitely not going to happen. But this situation really hurt him. This person really hurt us," he added.