Catholic School Teacher Fired For Gay Relationship, Students Demand She Be Hired Back

downloadCarla Hale was a long-time teacher at Bishop Watterson Catholic High School in Columbus, Ohio. Recently, an anonymous parent found an obituary for Hale’s mother which also listed her partner’s name, Julie. Consequently, the parent sent the obituary to the Diocese of Columbus and Hale was fired. Now students and supporters of Hale have gathered to make a petition on demanding that she be hired back; the petition has over 12,000 signatures so far. The petition was started by a former student of Hale, Jackson Garrity, who stated in the petition that the school “claims its mission is to teach its students about love, acceptance, and tolerance, and yet it did none of this in the way it treated Ms. Hale.”

The school did not comment but it does hold fast to the teachings of the Catholic church and it pre-warns teachers that they can be fired for sexual immorality. Unfortunately for Hale, Catholics believe homosexuality to fall under that category.

What do you think? Should the school make an exception for Hale?


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  • melindaB.

    Bigots. Hopefully she sues and doesnt end up working there. I wouldnt be able to work with so many loonies

    • Deb

      You make a good point. Why did she want to work with so many “loonies” and “bigots”? She knew perfectly well what her contract said and what the rules were. She must have known exactly what the teachings of the Catholic church are concerning lesbianism and homosexuality. So why did she want to work there? So many schools would have welcomed her with open arms.

      • Down Low Soetoro

        I wouldn’t want a rug licker teaching my kids. I guess Im a bigot.

        • Deb

          I disagree with your word choice – demeaning language isn’t necessary – but I share your opinion that she shouldn’t teach there. Not because she’s a lesbian (we’re all equal in that we’re all sinners who need Christ; as long as she teaches what she’s supposed to and doesn’t push gay talking points on the kids she should be able to teach like anyone else in a school that has different policies concerning sexual behavior) but because she was dishonest. She knowingly deceived her employer and violated the terms of her contract for years. This means she should be fired, as anyone should be who violates the terms of his/her contract. She shouldn’t get special treatment just because her reason for violating her contract is today’s latest trendy cause.

          • retiringfed

            Excellent response Deb.

          • Deb

            Thanks :-). I’m Canadian. Up in Canada, gay people have been able to legally be “married” for several years already. Most don’t, or get divorced soon after — funny, eh? — it’s almost as if they were only trying to force us all to validate their lifestyle without really wanting the institution itself (naw, couldn’t be . . .). For quite a while now members of the homosexual community has been making a point of deliberately going to religious institutions (Catholic schools and community halls, a Christian printer, a Muslim barber, Christian bed-and-breakfast owners, Christian teachers, a Christian university) and making demands that would force people to betray their religious convictions or face dire consequences. Some people have been find and jailed, or lost their businesses, other cases are still ongoing. It’s sad to see this serious threat to your religious freedoms happening in the U.S. now, too.

          • old_salty_dawg99

            Sadly it is happening here now just last week an IDIOT of a judge told a Christian lady that she was not allowed to bar a Lesbian couple from her B&B on the gounds of religion.This judge violated her rights and yet nothing was done to him.Many people think this is just a case of rights of two people but it is in FACT about the Homosexual persons wanting to have rights that are above others.Religious freedom is a right so important to the founders that they made it one of the first ones right beside freedom of Speech and The Press.It is too bad that the Press has it’s head shoved so far up the LEFTIST LIBERAL IDIOTS backsides they share meals all the time with those one the FAR FAR FAR LEFT in FACT they are so FAR to the Left they make Communists look conservative. This woman used FRAUD to get and keep a job she should not have been given and it is that FRAUD that got her fired and rightly so.

    • Leeboy

      I noticed your first word was an insult,how very tolerant of you.

    • old_salty_dawg99

      I am NOT a bigot as those who practice an Abominal lifestyle are since I say she should be fired because she got the job based on a LIE which is FRAUD.She kept the job using that same FRAUD.Now her FRAUD was found out and she got what she deserved.The school teaches Morals as part of the courses of study and she knew this and that her lifestyle was immoral so she commited another immoral act to get a job she was not qualified for the first immoral act was being a honosexual the second and the one that got her fired is FRAUD by LYING about herself.GOD says what is moral or immoral not man and even though I do not support many things done by the Catholic Church but in this action they are right.

    • buckofama2010

      Of course, the tolerant leftists tosses out some name calling. The only card they have is the race card and its variant the bigot one. It’s like one card and two suits. Come back when you can play with a full deck.

  • Thomas Sharp

    No, the School should not.
    Jackson Garrity, who stated in the petition that the school “claims its
    mission is to teach its students about love, acceptance, and tolerance,
    and yet it did none of this in the way it treated Ms. Hale.”
    We are to love the sinner and hate the sin.
    She made a choice and now has to deal with the consequences of that choice.
    If the school were to teach that actions have consequences, it would be a much needed lesson in society today.

  • jeepdude911

    Homosexuality is immoral to the Catholic church, and staffers are warned that they can be fired for sexual immorality. I don’t see what the fuss is. She violated this edict. This is not a tolerance issue, but it is becoming obvious that in a world of rules, tolerance seems to be an excuse for violating rules. If I were a parent of a student there, I would want her gone.

    • Buzz Killington

      “Acting” on homosexual desire is immoral, being homosexual is not. Just as acting on heterosexual desire outside of marriage is a sin, so is acting on homosexual desires. No better, and no worse.

      The only reason for firing her is that she broke the rules, and I agree with that. Not because she is less moral than the male principal who’s having an affair with the female school nurse, because her sin is no better or worse than fornication or adultery, and none of us , sinners all, should be casting the first stone.

      • old_salty_dawg99

        SHe not only violate the policy on Homosexuality but she commited FRAUD in getting the job since she LIED about herself and her sexuality.She was Fired because of that FRAUD and violating her contract by living an Abominal lifestyle was just used by those who support her as an excuse to get her back into the school.

  • Leeboy

    This generation of young people are the most racist,hateful,intolerant bunch of people I’ve ever seen,I guess the human race peaked about 30 years ago and is steadily reverting into the savages that humans once were,they know nothing of the concept of right and wrong and they despise truth.The boys are all flaming fags and the girls look like they should be running the Ferris wheel at the local carnival.They’re all a bunch of immoral, disease ridden scum,give them a chance to defend something wrong and they will jump like a trained monkey,this is what happens when you let liberal filth have contact with your children.

    • Andy Trimble


      Not all of them, but the contamination IS spreading.

  • Andy Trimble

    She knew the rules, she violated them.

    End. Of. Story.

  • Razz

    She taught in a Catholic School and knew full well the moral restrictions placed on her. This has nothing to do with tolerance as such; people make choices and must acceptance consequences. I’m not without sympathy for her, but she knew that if exposed, she could lose her job.

  • gavinwca

    A Catholic School Practices Catholic Beliefs. The teacher knew that when hired, go get a job in Public Schools they openly teach HomoFascism. If the students do not like the Catholic Schools advertised policy they are welcome to follow their teacher to public school.

  • dean29685

    Their right her loss to bad follow the rules or don’t play.

  • charlie

    no they did the right thing

    • old_salty_dawg99

      Who are you speaking of the students who want her back or the School who let her go for Fraud?She LIED to get her job then LIEd to keep it all these years so she should not get her job back based of the Fruad alone.

  • LucyGirl2011

    It’s not like she was not aware of the rules of immorality at this Catholic school. She broke the rules and she should accept that. If certain people keep breaking rules fully knowing what these rules are what is the point of having rules. Most large organizations have a morals clause an employee signs when they accept a job. She knew it, she signed it and she ignored it. She should go.

  • Mutt

    No exception. She knew the rule, accepted the risks associated with ignoring it, and pulled off the deception and was employed for many years. As with most of us who break the rules, she was eventually tripped up and found out. Now she’s free to seek employment at schools which don’t requre morals clauses. Tough titty, said the kitty!

  • marineh2ominer

    Expell ALL the students that object to the firing , if they want to go to hell let them go by way of the public schools .

  • craigmayberry

    No exception

  • Ann Wilson Kingsley

    The school did the right thing. There is no room for homosexuality in the church. The reason it is condemned by God is that homosexuality it is not good for those in his flock. The physical changes and diseases that are rampant in the homosexual population are proof that God is correct in his mandate against homosexuality. No school should inflict malleable young minds with homosexual teachers. The Catholic Church has had so many problems with pedophilia that it is paramount for the church to purge homosexuals from its ranks. It seems that homosexuals are choosing the priesthood and a monastic life style in order to safely indulge in same sex relationships; however, those are supposed to be celibate life styles – ascetic in nature. The ascetic life style is for the purpose of responsibly allocating more time for prayer and divine service to the church, not for a sex game. The ascetic life style is solely for the purpose of developing a greater union with God. No responsible church should condone homosexuality.

  • Nancy Sternberg

    It is sad that so many students, even in a Catholic school, support this teacher in the name of “tolerance”. Something is very wrong here.

  • sean murry

    Dont hire her back she knows that homo is immoral to the catholic church

  • $12994363

    Actually, I think they should not only keep her fired, I think they should throw out all the kids who want her back. They’ve been too well brainwashed for Catholic schools to help.

  • UnCL3

    It will probably sue the hell out of that school, and they will end up paying it…especially after the douchebag SCOTUS decides ok for h0m0s to marry.

  • tidalpool

    Hmm, this is not about a poor woman, tried on some trumped up charge, badly mistreated. This is about a woman who applied for and took a job with an institution that follows a judeo-christian ethic. She signed a contract clearly knowing she was lying, and could not have been surprised when she was found to be in breach of contract. This is also a lesson these kids need to learn. Be honest, Your word must count for something. Do not lie o your employer. Gods laws can not be changed by polls or surveys.

  • VocalYokel

    “Should the school make an exception for Hale?”


    And a note to the students…the tail doesn’t wag the dog, and you don’t get to decide policy.

  • Alfred Ferguson

    Hypocrisy. Since the earliest popes, same sex attractions within the purview of the Church have been regarded with. . .if not exactly tolerance, or acceptance, then a predictable “failure of our wayward flesh”–with confession, contrition, and reformation of the strengthening spirit the path of those seeking redemption. The Church is not nor has it ever been a sanctuary or lodgement of the perfected being, but rather a pathway to higher spiritual achievement of eternally wanting flesh. Perfection. . .that’s for Protestants, as well as the neuroses accompanying that illusion of absolute completion.

  • old_salty_dawg99

    This woman violated heremployment contrat and the school had and has every right to terminate her empoloyment. This happened in my state and The city and school district have it wrong when they say they have a ban on firing people over their CHOICE of Sex partners.This woman teaches at a Catholic school and being that morality is part of the cirriculum she knew this and yet violated her contrat by her own choice not the schools.She not only CHOOSE to live an Abominal lifestyle but she a;lso so LIED to the school which means she commited FRAUD to get her job.Those FACTS alone are more than enough to get her FIRED and RIGHTLY so.

  • buckofama2010

    They couldn’t tell she was a bulldyke just by looking at her??? HELLO!!!!

  • $12994363

    Absolutely not. She was teaching there under false pretenses and it should be reasonably understood that in a private, religious school, doing so can clearly be grounds for dismissal. One might wonder, from her (apparent) age, just how long she had been deceiving the school?
    IF the “students” had learned ANYTHING they were taught they would have understood that the woman teaching them was a liar and a deceiver. For that she should be rehired by the Catholic school system.

  • TeaParty Patriot (TTP)

    No she should not be rehired. She has been working for a “long time” as an imposter. The students should not be exposed to her imorality now that she has been ‘outed”.

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