Amidst producing the musical production of Rent for his school, the drama teacher received an irate text from the mother of two of his students.
“Following our chat this week, I have decided that [my children] will not be attending class on Monday. I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influenced by unconventional ideas. It is our belief that a man should marry a woman. I look forward to receiving my deposit which you may post to me via cheque.”
This situation is similar to the photographer we reported about last week, who got fired over text by an anti-gay bride. In this situation, teacher Michael Neri responded with just as much intelligence and wit.
“I pride my students on the respect and love they have for others and their passion for equality. As far as I’m aware, my sexuality does not affect my ability to teach, just like it wouldn’t effect a doctor’s ability to treat one of your children should they become unwell. I’m sure your children’s health would come first should they need emergency treatment, or would you need to check their doctor’s lifestyle prior to their lifesaving procedure.”
Neri continues: “I wish you luck finding an appropriate stage school that meets your needs, however from experience I find that theatre without gays is like cooking without spices…Please feel free to come see our Musical ‘Happy Days,’ confetti will be used in the finale but please rest assured that this is not an attempt to corrupt your Christian lifestyle. We just love glitter. Unfortunately, deposits are non refundable but don’t worry, your deposit has been donated to Stonewall, an LGBT charity.”
Bravo, Michael! I think you have taught the mom a great lesson.