A substitute teacher was fired after she allegedly launched into an anti-gay rant in a fifth-grade classroom during a Thanksgiving exercise about gratitude.
Louis van Amstel, a former "Dancing with the Stars" professional dancer, shared his son Daniel's experience with a teacher at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah, in a video on Instagram.
During a gratitude exercise, Daniel told the Utah substitute teacher that he was "thankful for finally being adopted by my two dads," van Amstel said in the clip. "The teacher went onto sharing her own views on homosexuality and that it's wrong."
| 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 #equalrights #allfamilies #allfamiliesmatter
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"She also tried to blame our son and told him that it was his fault that she went off," van Amstel told the Salt Lake Tribune. "It’s absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did. We were livid. It’s 2019 and this is a public school."
Daniel was hesitant to speak up to get the teacher in trouble, but three girls in the class asked the teacher "multiple times to stop." When she didn't stop her anti-gay rant, the girls went to the principal's office to complain.
Van Amstel said he was "disgusted" that the woman is a teacher in a public school. The school acted quickly by notifying Daniel's dads about the incident. The school let the woman go and said she would never teach in the school "ever again," according to van Amstel.
Kelly Services, which provides substitutes teacher for the school district, confirmed that the teacher had been fired, according to ABC News.
"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate conduct and take these matters very seriously," a spokesperson for the agency said. "We conducted an investigation and made the decision to end the employee’s relationship with Kelly Services."