Student Teacher Fired for Saying He’s Gay: UPDATE

3 Oct

From Towleroad, we share the story of 23 year-old student teacher Seth Stambaugh. Seth, a Lewis and Clark teaching student was working in the Beaverton, Oregon Student District in September when one of his students inquired if he was married, Seth replied with the honest answer that it would be illegal for him to marry in that state because he “would choose to marry another guy.” The student continued and asked if that meant Seth hung out with guys. Seth replied “Yeah,” and that was the end of the conversation.

The student’s parent called to make a complaint and Seth was barred from teaching in the district after being told what he’d said was “inappropriate.”

As Seth is a student teacher, it’s not appropriate to say he was “fired” from the school. But it’s certainly appropriate, whether he was fired or not, to say that the Beaverton, Oregon Student District practices discrimination.

In a day where so many kids are screaming for help and looking for just one person who might understand who they are – it is deplorable to see a place of education refusing to educate.

Sexton Mountain Elementary School – (503) 672-3560

15645 SW Sexton Mountain Dr. Beaverton, OR 97007

Don Martin, Principal: donald_martin@beavton.k12.or.us

Jerome Colonna, Superintendent: Jerome_Colonna@beaverton.k12.or.us

****UPDATE****

According to Bilerico, Seth Stambagh has been given reinstated in his original student teaching position in Beaverton, OR.

Stambagh referred to the action as “a huge teachable moment.” Let’s be grateful that a school system has done the right thing after pressure was brought from our community.

One Response to “Student Teacher Fired for Saying He’s Gay: UPDATE”

  1. She.Is.Just.A.Rat October 3, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    “In a day where so many kids are screaming for help and looking for just one person who might understand who they are – it is deplorable to see a place of education refusing to educate.”

    You’re exactly right. And now Mr. Stambaugh has been reduced to an example of what can happen when you admit that you’re gay. Certainly isn’t going to help anyone want to share that with anyone…*sigh* Are we moving backwards in time?

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