There are thousand of teachers in the U.S., but there are only a handful of teachers whom both students and parents would go to bat for. But unfortunately for one Miami school parish, parents are now trying to put the pieces together after one of the most popular teachers, according to the Daily Mail, seemingly disappeared.
Last week, the Catholic school, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, released a memo to parents mysteriously detailing the departure of teacher Jocelyn Morffi. In read, according to the Daily Mail, in part:
Today a difficult and necessary decision has been made regarding Ms. Jocelyn Morffi — our first-grade teacher. She is no longer teaching at our school.
Please know that your child(children’s) education is of the most utmost concern for us and throughout the next days and weeks your child’s daily school routine will not be disrupted as Ms. Morffi’s replacement will be selected very soon.
No additional details, however, were offered, leaving parents searching for answers. The Daily Mail reports that even after several parents set up one-on-one meetings, the school still failed to provide any further clarification.
According to Morffi, as reported by the Miami Herald, she married her partner the weekend before her termination, writing on social media:
This weekend I married the love of my life and unfortunately I was terminated from my job as a result.
She continued, addressing the school’s actions:
In their eyes I’m not the right kind of Catholic for my choice in partner.
Cintia Cini, a parent of a child in Morffi’s class, told the Miami Herald:
“We were extremely livid. They treated her like a criminal, they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom.”
She said she wasn’t aware Morffi is gay, but that, as a parent, she doesn’t care:
“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.”
Archdiocese of Miami spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta told the Miami Herald that Morffi had, in fact, been let go, saying:
“As a teacher in a Catholic school their responsibility is partly for the spiritual growth of the children. One has to understand that in any corporation, institution or organization there are policies and procedures and teachings and traditions that are adhered to. If something along the way does not continue to stay within that contract, then we have no other choice.”
The Miami Herald reports that despite Florida lifting the ban on same-sex marriage in 2015, the Archbishop reminded employees that they’re considered church representatives and are still supposed to follow the Archdiocese’s policy. It also said that any and all conduct “inconsistent” with that policy would end in possible termination, according to Miami Herald.
Despite being within their rights, people seemed to be angry over her termination. Tony Lima, executive director of the South Florida LGBT rights group SAVE, told Miami Herald:
“I think it’s shocking that in this day and age this continues to happen in South Florida. It’s important to continue educating the community that this kind of stuff happens in this day and age. But it’s even more important to pass comprehensive statewide protections.”
So, although the school was technically within its rights to fire the teacher over breaking the Archdiocese’s policy, what people think of the decision comes down to their personal, moral opinion. What do you think?