- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2019

A Utah school district has fired a substitute teacher who reportedly went on a homophobic rant after a fifth-grader said he was thankful for his gay fathers.

When the boy said he was thankful that he was being adopted by his two dads, the teacher — who was substituting at a Deerfield Elementary School classroom in Cedar Hills, Utah, in mid-November — allegedly responded: “Why on earth would you be happy about that,” according to his fellow students.

The teacher reportedly went on a 10-minute tirade about how “homosexuality is wrong,” and “two men living together is a sin.” Three girls reportedly asked her to stop multiple times, and when she refused, they left the classroom to grab the principal, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

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The boy’s fathers said they were told by school officials she was still trying to argue as she was led out of the building.

“She also tried to blame our son and told him that it was his fault that she went off,” Louis van Amstel, one of the boy’s fathers and a former choreographer for ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” said at the time.

“I’m truly disgusted that the bully in this situation is a teacher in a public school,” he added.

Mr. van Amstel said the school notified him immediately after the incident happened.

“I am so proud of Daniel’s school. Not only did they let go of the teacher, but they said this woman is never going to teach in this school ever again,” he said.

Kelly Services, the staffing organization that provided the currently unnamed substitute, confirmed to ABC News the substitute had been fired.

“We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate conduct and take these matters very seriously,” a spokesperson said. “We conducted an investigation and made the decision to end the employee’s relationship with Kelly Services.”

Alpine School District spokesman David Stephenson said he couldn’t go into specifics about the ordeal, but he confirmed “there was a situation involving a substitute” and “the school took appropriate action.”


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