A Utah substitute teacher has been dismissed after advising a fifth-grader who told that he was grateful for being adopted by his 2 fathers, officials told.
The anonymous teacher was fired after a probe into her Nov. 21 comments at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, where she questioned students one week ahead of Thanksgiving what they were grateful for this year.
“I’m grateful that I’m ultimately going to be adopted by my 2 dads,” one 11-year-old boy answered, causing the female educator to snap. “Why on Earth would you be happy regarding that?” the teacher replied, adding that “2 men living together is a sin.” The teacher then told the student directly: “That’s nothing to be thankful for.”
The anonymous woman was finally escorted from the classroom after 3 girls walked to the principal’s office. One of the boy’s fathers, Louis van Amstel, an ex-cast member on “Dancing with the Stars,” blamed the teacher for bullying his son and told that he was angry after the boy said to him what occurred.
Van Amstel recognized the boy only as D.M. because his adoption has not yet been finalized. The boy’s fathers are now annoyed that the negative attention combined with the teacher’s comment may destroy the adoption process, which is not final until Dec. 19.
It’s not clear how long the teacher had been serving at the school or elsewhere in Utah. Kelly Services, a staffing company that gives substitutes to the Alpine School District, told in a statement Monday that it “made the decision” to terminate its relationship with the unidentified educator.
But there’s no statewide database that traces substitutes who have been dismissed, meaning districts that don’t work with Kelly Services may not be told not to hire her, a Utah State Board of Education official said.