Students rally behind fired gay vice-principal

student rallyBY KEVIN MATHEWS

What should be a depressing story about yet another employee of the Catholic Church being fired for being gay actually has an uplifting twist:  the youth community rallying in support of same-sex marriage. Teenagers in Washington walked out of school to protest discrimination use to terminate their vice principal. Hundreds of students participated, nearly the entire student body, along with some faculty members.

Whether or not he regains his position, Mark Zmuda, an administrator at Eastside Catholic High School,
will have a lifelong impact on his students. Addressing the student body at a rally in his honor, Zmuda said, “My personal life is a small part of who I am. I am first a teacher and administrator and I try my best to be an educator to each and every one of you. I hope that no matter what happens to me and to the school, that all of you guys will seek a career and work very hard, find the love of your life, hopefully one day get married as well. At the same time, no matter what happens, strive to do your best.”

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