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

Henrietta Strickland
December 3, 2019

Even worse, the whole incident left the 11-year-old anxious that his December 19th adoption wouldn't end up happening, after having two previous adoptions fall through, leaving him in foster care and without a permanent family.

"The substitute teacher asked all the kids what they're thankful for, which is sweet right?" he said in the clip.

"I'm thankful that I'm finally going to be adopted by my two dads", the boy, identified as DM, said. An investigation into the substitute teacher's comments remains ongoing.

According to students in the class, the teacher snapped back saying, "Why on earth would you be happy about that?" before going into a 10 minute lecture about how "homosexuality is wrong" and "two men living together is a sin".

"You can imagine why that set us off and we are not letting this go", van Amstel said in a video posted online on November 22.

But the boy's fathers, Louis and Josh van Amstel, said they were left shaken by the woman's homophobic comments. "I am so proud of Daniel's school".

A rep for van Amstel did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

The incident occurred last Friday at the Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills after the sub asked students about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Louis claims the teacher told DM it was his fault she went on a rant.

Fellow students walked out of the class and to the principal's office to tell her what the substitute was continuing to say to the class. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school", he continued.

DM's adoption is going ahead as planned and is scheduled to be finalised on December 19 - the ideal Christmas present.

"He was so fearful that this could make us think that we do not want to adopt him", Louis said.

"That is definitely not going to happen".

"This situation really hurt him. This person really hurt us", van Amstel added.

A spokesperson for Alpine School District said substitute teachers are hired through staffing company Kelly Services and that "appropriate action has been taken".

Kelly Services said in a statement, "We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously".

DM didn't want to confront his teacher as he's had two failed adoptions before, and was anxious his dads might rethink their decision before his final court hearing on December 19. "[We're] committed to having the best employees who care about all children in our schools, whether it be the teacher, the custodian, the secretary or a substitute teacher", Stephenson said. "We are looking into this situation".

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