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Utah Teacher Kicked Out of School After Homophobic Rant About Students Gay Dads

A Utah teacher was removed from class after going on a homophobic rant about a fifth-grade students’ gay dads.

An 11-year-old boy who was in the foster care system reportedly said that he was thankful that he was “finally going to be adopted by my two dads.”

The teacher to fire back at the student that “that’s nothing to be thankful for,” and then went on a 10-minute rant about her own views, telling the class that “homosexuality is wrong” and “two men living together is a sin.”

The teacher, a substitute at Deerfield Elementary School  — who wasn’t identified — was ultimately escorted out of the building after three girls in the boys class stood up for the boy and repeatedly asked her stop and when she didn’t they went to the principal’s office and complained.

“She also tried to blame our son,” said one of the boy’s dads, Louis van Amstel, who is a dancer on the television program Dancing With The Stars, “and told him that it was his fault that she went off.”

Alpine School District spokesman David Stephenson said he cannot speak about personnel issues but noted that “appropriate action has been taken.”


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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