Utah teacher kicked out after homophobic rant about student’s gay dads

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The unidentified teacher, who was working at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills in late November, asked a class of fifth-graders what they were thankful for this year ahead of Thanksgiving.

On Friday, van Amstel spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune about the incident involving the child, identified as D.M., at the Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah.

"Well - and I got choked up when he said it - is thankful that he's finally being adopted by his two dads".

'Why on earth would you be happy about that?' the substitute replied aggressively, according to fellow students.

She reportedly went on to rant at the entire class for ten minutes about how sinful homosexuality is, telling the boy directly that being adopted by two dads is "nothing to be thankful for".

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Louis van Amstel has revealed that his son was bullied by an anti-gay substitute teacher.

The sons' fathers, Louis and Josh van Amstel, commented on the matter and said they were shaken by the woman's homosexual comments. She was ultimately escorted from the building and, as this unfolded, she continued to argue her point. She also tried to blame our son and told him that it was his fault that she went off.

"He was so fearful that this could make us think that we don't want to adopt him", he said, trying not to cry. "That's definitely not going to happen". But this situation really injured him. "This person really hurt us", Louis said.

He said Daniel stayed quiet during the teacher's rant and didn't want to talk to school officials about it afterward. "I'm truly disgusted that the bully in this situation is a teacher in a public school".

Kelly Services, which provides substitutes teacher for the Alpine School District, confirmed that the teacher had been fired in a statement to ABC News on Sunday.

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A spokesperson for Kelly Services told Fox 13 in a statement this week: "We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously". We conduct business on the highest standards of integrity, excellence and expert excellence. "We're looking into this situation".

Unfortunately, there are few statewide mandates regulating substitute teaching; while applicants must pass a background check before being hired, neither teaching licenses nor mandatory training are required for substitutes.

Alpine School District spokesman David Stephenson said he can not speak about personnel issues but noted that "appropriate action has been taken".

Eventually the girls left the room to find the principal, Caroline Knadler, who escorted the substitute out of the school.

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