According to friends and fellow teachers, Ken Bencomo had been a “beloved mentor” and teacher at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, California for 17 years, heading up the English department and serving as yearbook moderator and dance coach. But on July 1, shortly after a newspaper story featured Bencomo’s marriage to his long-time partner Christopher Persky, Ken Bencomo was reportedly fired for “violating the church’s teachings.”
Bencomo’s termination prompted St. Lucy’s alum Brittany Littleton to launch a Change.org petition urging St. Lucy’s Priory High School to give Bencomo his job back. More than 7,000 people have already joined her campaign, including current and former students.
Says Brittany: “As a proud alumni of St. Lucy’s, I am disgusted and heartbroken by this act of prejudice. I believe that Mr. Bencomo deserves to keep his job, and that discrimination against teachers based on their sexual orientation must end. Please join me in speaking up for this adored teacher.”
You can check out the petition here: