Teacher fired for criticizing student who gave thanks for his two dads
A teacher who criticized an 11-year-old pupil for giving thanks for his two dads has lost her job.
The substitute at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills asked the children in her class to share what they were grateful for this Thanksgiving, The Salt Lake Tribute reported. The boy said he was grateful for his future dads, who are formally adopting him on December 19.
When he was given the opportunity to share what he was grateful for, the teacher allegedly became irate and said: "That's nothing to be thankful for."
"Homosexuality is wrong," the woman told the class, the paper reported. "Two men living together is a sin."
Other children in the class reportedly spoke out in defense of the boy, and when the teacher refused to stop her homophobic rant, three girls left the class to seek the principal's help.
One of the boy's dads, Louis Van Amstel, a former Dancing with the Stars pro dancer, said the teacher was then removed from the building.
Van Amstel took to social media to share the heartbreaking story with his 63,000+ Instagram followers:
Van Amstel captioned the video:
"PLEASE READ THIS. This story is too important and hits too close to home not to write about. When our son Daniel answered the substitute teachers question ‘What are you thankful for with: I’m thankful for finally being adopted by my two dads’.
The teacher went onto sharing her own views on Homosexuality and that it’s wrong. three girls asked her multiple times to stop. When she didn’t they went to the principles office to complain.
I’m proud of the three girls and school for standing up for our family against this bully. Im disgusted that the bully is the teacher in a public school. [sic]"
Speaking to Fox 13 News, Louis revealed: "'D' has been in foster care for years." He added how his son "has been through two failed adoptions, so his thankfulness was genuine."
The child was so upset by the incident that he feared his dads would not want to formally adopt him on December 19. But Louis Van Amstel and his husband, Josh, assured him that nothing had changed and that they were proud of him.
In act of solidarity with the husbands, when they returned home the next day, neighbors had covered their home in messages of support.
"So much good has come from this one ugly act that it’s amazing to know we live in the right community," Josh told Fox 13 News.
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish D and his dads all the best for the future.