A first-grade teacher lost her job at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic School in Miami the day after she returned from marrying her longtime girlfriend.
Jocelyn Morffi returned from celebrating her wedding to her partner of two years, Natasha Hass, only to find out she had to resign. When she refused to resign from the Catholic school, where she taught for seven years, she was terminated the next day with no explanation.
Morffi posted on Instagram, “This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result.” She added, “In their eyes I’m not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner.”
According to the Herald, parents learned of the firing in a letter they received from the school on Thursday evening, which did not give a reason for the decision. On Friday morning, roughly 20 parents gathered at Sts. Peter and Paul to demand an explanation from the school principal.
“We were extremely livid. They treated her like a criminal, they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom,” said Cintia Cini, parent of one of the children in Morffi’s class. Cini said that the parents hadn’t known Morffi was gay, but did not care about her sexual orientation. “Our only concern was the way she was with our children, the way she taught our children and this woman by far was one of the best teachers out there,” she said.
One parent, Valentina Simon, said she considered withdrawing her child from the school when she heard that Morffi had been fired based on her sexual orientation. “This is really bad,” said Simon. “It can’t be that in 2018 ... they still do this type of thing.”
Parents at Sts. Peter and Paul said they will continue to protest the decision.