Catholic school alumni want answers in firing of gay teacher

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St. Ignatius College Prep (Photo from Facebook)

St. Ignatius College Prep (Photo from Facebook)

CHICAGO — Alumni of St. Ignatius College Prep are wanting answers about the 2017 firing of a gay teacher.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the story resurfaced last month. The teacher, Matt Tedeschi, wrote an essay on Medium in March sharing new details from his controversial firing. He claimed at the time was because he was “outed” by a student and revealed in the essay he had also been criticized by administrators when he forwarded a report of a student’s sexual assault to the school leadership.

The alumni sent a letter to the school saying they were “outraged and disappointed” when they learned of Tedeschi’s treatment, according to the Sun-Times.

“It is shocking to learn that a gay teacher at St. Ignatius was subjected to harassment and bullying by a small group of students, and that the administration not only failed to defend Mr. Tedeschi, but instead turned around and protected his harassers, and then fired him,” the group wrote.

The group is wanting the Jesuit high school to also promote LGBTQ student groups, add orientation and gender identity to its non-discrimination policy and allow faculty to unionize. They also want the school’s leadership replaced.

A school spokesperson told the newspaper that they couldn’t discuss current or former employees or students.

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