Openly gay Seth Stambaugh, a Lewis & Clark Grad School student teacher, was removed from Sexton Mountain Elementary School in Beaverton, OR in September following a complaint by ONE parent, over a conversation Stambaugh had with a student about his marital status in which he stated it would be illegal for him to marry because he would choose to marry a man.
After threats of discrimination lawsuits, negative publicity, and 22 parents of students at the school writing a letter in support of Stambaugh, and demanding the district to reinstate the student teacher, whom they said had “positive rapport” with his students. Yesterday, Seth Stamburgh was reinstated to his teaching position in the Beaverton School District under an agreement reached between Lewis & Clark College and the school district.
His lawyer Luke Perriguey said, “Mr. Stambaugh is joyous beyond belief. He is celebrating privately with friends and family and will make a public statement to all media in the next few days.”
Stambaugh will resume his student teaching duties at Sexton Mountain Elementary School next Thursday, returning him to his regular Thursday and Friday schedule.
The Beaverton School District and Beaverton itself is no stranger to anti gay sentiments and harassment. In 2009 a teacher in the Beaverton School District was “harassed, intimidated and humiliated,” for attempting to produce “The Laramie Project.” The play is about the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard . Beaverton, Oregon is also the home of one of “Recall Sam Adams” extreme anti-gay nutcases Patrick Mulcahy.
Congratulations Seth on your reinstatement.