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Protesters Demand Teacher's Reinstatement

Updated: Friday, May 3 2013, 10:41 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Shawn Kline) -- Less than a month after a catholic school teacher was fired for her sexuality, protesters made their voices heard outside the Columbus Catholic Diocese.

About two-dozen protesters lined-up outside the diocese on East Gay Street chanting, "discrimination has got to go!" And, "Hale, yes!"

Carla Hale, a former teacher at Bishop Watterson High School was terminated after an anonymous letter pointed out she had a 'domestic partner' in her mother's obituary.

"Here it is, a teacher was ripped from her classroom," protester, Tim Dick said.

Hale spent nearly 20 years at Bishop Watterson as a Phys-Ed teacher. Among the activists in front of the diocese, Bishop Watterman graduates and parents, demanding for Hale's reinstatement.

"This was unjust, this was socially unjust and this was unkind," Patty Liszkay said.

The online activist group, Anonymous was also involved with this protest. The group has threatened to 'expose an issue' in the catholic diocese if Hale is not reinstated by Monday.

Protesters hope this issue doesn't resort to mud-slinging.

"The best thing for her would be to be reinstated and for the bishop to say, 'maybe we made a mistake,'" Theresa Zarobell said.

So far, the Columbus Catholic Diocese has declined to comment specifically about Hale's dismissal. However, it says school employees cannot go against the teachings of the church.Protesters Demand Teacher's Reinstatement


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