A Utah substitute teacher was removed from class after allegedly going on a homophobic rant about a fifth-grade students’ gay dads, according to a report.
The incident occurred at Deerfield Elementary School when the class was asked to say what they were thankful for ahead of Thanksgiving break, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
An 11-year-old boy who was in the foster care system reportedly said that he was thankful that he was “finally going to be adopted by my two dads.”
But the remark prompted the teacher to fire back at the student that “that’s nothing to be thankful for,” according to the newspaper.
She reportedly went on a 10-minute rant about her own views, telling the class that “homosexuality is wrong” and “two men living together is a sin.”
The substitute — who wasn’t identified — was ultimately escorted out of the building after three female students stood up for the boy and went to the principal’s office, the newspaper reported.
But the boy’s fathers, Louis and Josh van Amstel, said they were left shaken by the woman’s homophobic comments.
“He was so fearful that this could make us think that we don’t want to adopt him,” Louis told the outlet. “That’s definitely not going to happen. But this situation really hurt him. This person really hurt us.”
Alpine School District uses staffing company Kelly Services to hire substitutes and said that “appropriate action has been taken,” the newspaper reported.
Kelly Services said in a statement that they’re investigating the matter.
“We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously,” Kelly Services said in a statement. “We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We’re looking into this situation.”
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