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Hundreds of students stage mass protest as two teachers are fired because they are gay

Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie reportedly were fired because they decided to marry their partners

2020-02-20

Words: Steve Brown

Hundreds of students have staged a mass walk-out after their Catholic school fired two teachers because they are gay.

Last week, Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie ‘voluntarily resigned’ from John F Kennedy Catholic School in Washington but supporters claimed the two teachers were forced out by school officials.

According to reports, it’s claimed that the school appeared to fire them after they both decided marry their respective partners.

Now, hundreds of students staged a massive sit-in this week, blocking the school corridors, in response and took their protest onto the school’s front lawn.

Many of the students held signs reading ‘Love is a human right’, ‘Who would Jesus fire?’ and ‘I’m gay! What’s next? Am I expelled?’

A Pride flag was raised on the school’s flagpole outside the school but was quickly removed, the Seattle Times reported.

According to the school’s employment contracts, it says they can fire teachers if their ‘life-style is incompatible with Catholic moral values or if his/her conduct is at variance with Catholic teaching’.

Students and supporters have set up a Go Fund Me page for the ‘two beloved and extraordinary’ teachers.

The page reads: “In addition to the sadness felt by their community of supporters, Paul and Michelle are both now without jobs or incomes. 

“In the middle of a school year it will be difficult for either of them to find employment immediately. 

“No doubt these two will find positions for the 2020-2021 school year. But until then, anything we can do to help ease their financial burden as they face several months without a paycheck will be helpful.”