Since inspiring teachers are a dime a dozen, it shouldn’t be much of an issue that Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia fired band director Flint Dollar (side note: seriously badass name, Flint).
Oh, wait a second, they aren’t.
But Flint, who is totally “that teacher” on campus, the one who’s old enough to wield authority, young enough to connect with teens and pours his heart and soul into his job to the point that kids are actually excited to be around him, was fired.
Fired for getting engaged. To a man.
And in yet another case of the Catholic establishment being nine steps behind its own congregations, parents and students at the private Catholic school are not taking this lying down.
Especially since his termination clearly violates the school’s own policy, which states that:
“Mount de Sales Academy is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law.”
It’s notable that Flint has been completely up front with his sexuality to school administrators, including his plans to get married.
If you think now’s a good time for him to lawyer up, that’s exactly what he’s doing.
The decision to fire him was almost without question handed down from the Diocese, and it’s a mark of the times that students and parents are stepping up to Flint’s defense.
This morning they carried out a protest to urge church officials to reconsider.
One parent said, “I’m absolutely outraged. I’m not willing to stand by and say, ‘That’s OK.’ It speaks to who this man is that all these people are here. He’s been a role model.”
But you won’t find Flint protesting. “This is their statement. I’m not taking that away from them. I want students to learn that you stand up for what you believe in and what you believe is right,” he said.
via The Telegraph