Parents were sent a letter alerting them to Jocelyn’s termination. More than 20 parents showed up at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School to protest Jocelyn’s firing Friday morning.
“We were completely outraged, all of the parents,” Samantha Mills, whose child was in Jocelyn’s class last year, said. “This teacher in particular has made such a contribution to the school. She never imposes her personal beliefs on others. She just does everything in love. She has a way of teaching that is so amazing.”
A parent of a child in Jocelyn’s first grade this year was also at the school Friday to protest the firing.
“We were extremely livid,” Cintia Cin said. “They treated her like a criminal, they didn’t even let her get her things out of her classroom. Our only concern was the way she was with our children, they way she taught our children and this woman, by far, was one of the best teachers out there.”
Although Florida lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in 2015, it does not have a statewide law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. A Miami-Dade County ordinance is in effect that protects LGBTQ residents from discrimination but it exempts religious institutions from certain provisions.
A spokesperson from the Archdiocese of Miami, Mary Ross Agosta confirmed that Jocelyn had been fired but declined to elaborate on the reasons why. She did, however, say that Jocelyn had broken her contract.
“As a teacher in a Catholic school their responsibility is partly for the spiritual growth of the children,” Agosta said. “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.”
This past SUNDAY #teachHope passed out over 400 lunches to our friends that are living on the streets of Downtown Miami ! Thank you so much to all who donated items, time and especially to all the children that took part in teaching hope to all that need it. #grateful #teachHopeFam #kidsMakingaDifference #loveforALL #happyHearts
Jocelyn spearheaded #teachHope, a non-profit she started as a way “To show my first grade students that there is Hope for a better future if we all get involved and do our part.”
Here’s just one of the amazing videos Jocelyn posted showing kids workin to better their community. In the following post, the kids are making sandwiches to distribute to those who are in need of food:
Jocelyn is a beautiful person who truly loves her students and community and we hope she gets hired by another school soon!
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