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Watterson teacher, diocese agree: Hale won't return

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The attorney for a Bishop Watterson High School physical education teacher who was fired when it came to light she was in a same-sex relationship and the Diocese of Columbus have announced that an agreement has been reached in her efforts to win her job back.

She won’t return to Watterson, according to the brief joint statement.

“The Diocese of Columbus and Carla Hale have concluded mediation and have mutually agreed to a resolution of their disagreements,” the statement issued by lawyer Thomas Tootle and George Jones, director communications for the diocese, reads. “Ms. Hale will not return to employment at Bishop Watterson High School, but will receive acknowledgement for her years of service to Bishop Watterson. Hale and the diocese stand firm on their principles but are pleased that they were able to come to a resolution.

“The parties have agreed that the terms of the settlement will be confidential.”

Hale, a Powell resident, was dismissed March 13 by Bishop Watterson Principal Marian Hutson after 19 years on the faculty.

This came after an anonymous letter brought Hale’s personal life to the attention of diocesan school officials, by way of noting the name of Hale’s female partner in the obituary for Jean E. Roe, Hale’s mother, who died Feb. 25 at the age of 80.

A firestorm was ignited when word of the firing became public, with Hutson having a police escort to her car in the wake of threats allegedly made against school officials.

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