Catholic high school fires gay band teacher over plans to marry
He was fired earlier this week after announcing he’s planning on marrying his partner later on this year.
Now his supporters want answers because they say his sexuality was never a secret.
“Judging a teacher should be based upon their competency, not what they do off campus. And from talking to these young students, I have not heard one say anything bad about this teacher, that he is really an outstanding teacher,” one parent said.
It’s part frustration, part confusion….
Concerned Mount de Sales students want to know why Dollar was fired.
“This is wrong,” one grandparent said.
Students tell 41NBC Dollar’s sexuality wasn’t a secret. The school knew that when they hired him.
Dollar’s supporters say the school’s decision doesn’t add up.
“Once you violate or allow the civil rights of one person or one group of people, you violate all of our civil rights,” Sonya Foster, a concerned parent, said.
Students, parents, and members of the community met with the school’s board of trustees on Friday looking for answers.
The board didn’t allow media inside of the meeting, but they did issue a statement, saying in part…
“The personnel decision involving the band director is consistent with our duty as the Board of Trustees.”
Parents say that response isn’t enough.
“This is not about a gay issue, this is about Flint Dollar. It’s way passed the gay issue,” Foster said.
41NBC did reach out to members of the board, and they referred us to the statement below. No word yet on if any legal action will take place.
Stay with 41NBC for this continuing story.