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Watterson alumnus 'disgusted' by decision to let teacher go

Wednesday April 24, 2013 8:39 PM

To the Editor:

I have always been proud of my alma mater, Bishop Watterson High School, and have always felt that the Catholic Diocese of Columbus does a wonderful job instilling proper morals and setting proper examples for students from elementary school up through high school.

Recent events, however, have given me and many of my fellow graduates a reason to denounce the system. My former PE teacher, a Powell resident, was fired from Bishop Watterson after 17 years of terrific service. She coached track and field and started the Ultimate Frisbee club (which I proudly participated in), all the while remaining a compassionate and kind instructor in and out of the classroom. She was terminated this month by the diocese because of her sexual orientation.

My classmates and I got wind of this despicable circumstance and have since compiled thousands of electronic signatures on a petition for her reinstatement. What we really want is justice. Unfortunately, the diocese's decision is legal due to a separation of church and state loophole.

Legality does not change the fact that this is a clear-cut case of hypocrisy and a complete renunciation of the universal acceptance I was taught during my Catholic education. Apparently political agendas mean more to the diocese than providing an education. I am disgusted.

Peter Clark