Louis van Amstel had an emotional and important story to share.
The “Dancing With the Stars” alum posted a video recently on Instagram telling a story about the homophobia his 11-year-old son Daniel experienced from a substitute teacher at his school.
“The substitute teacher asked all the kids what they’re thankful for, which is sweet, right?” van Amstel said. “Well — and I got choked up when he said it — is thankful that he’s finally being adopted by his two dads.”
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| PLEASE READ THIS | this story is too important and hits too close to home not to write about. When our son Daniel answered the substitute teachers question ‘What are you thankful for with: I’m thankful for finally being adopted by my two dads’. The teacher went onto sharing her own views on Homosexuality and that it’s wrong. three girls asked her multiple times to stop. When she didn’t they went to the principles office to complain. I’m proud of the three girls and school for standing up for our family against this bully. Im disgusted that the bully is the teacher in a public school #equalrights #allfamilies #allfamiliesmatter
But the response Daniel got from the teacher was the opposite of supportive.
“The substitute teacher was giving her very clear opinion about two men is wrong, homosexuality is wrong and yeah so you can imagine that set us off. We are not letting this go,” van Amstel said.
“Not only did they let go of the teacher, they said this woman is never going to teach in this school ever again,” he explained.
In a statement, the staffing company Kelly Services told the Salt Lake Tribune, “We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behaviour and take these matters very seriously. We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We’re looking into this situation.”
“It’s absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did,” van Amstel told the Tribune. “We were livid. It’s 2019 and this is a public school.”
He added of his son, “He was so fearful that this could make us think that we don’t want to adopt him. That’s definitely not going to happen. But this situation really hurt him. This person really hurt us.”