Carla 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 Change.org 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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