High Schoolers Staged A Massive Sit-In After Their Vice Principal Was Ousted Over Same-Sex Marriage

Hundreds of students from Eastside Catholic High School gathered today in solidarity after their vice principal was forced to resign.

2. Mark Zmuda, the former vice principal of Eastside, was asked to resign after the school’s administration learned he had married his boyfriend.

4. Colburn explained that the protest was planned for Friday until students learned that Zmuda resigned Thursday morning.

6. They quickly started texting and tweeting out the word that the sit-in was happening.

8. Their group grew from four students to 15 students to filling up the school commons with 150 students.

10. After about an hour — and numerous tweets to the local media — reporters showed up outside of the school and students poured into the streets.

12. According The Seattle Times, the school has not announced any plans on reinstating Zmuda. Teachers at Eastside sign a contract agreeing to uphold Catholic doctrine, which Zmuda’s marriage directly violates.

14. …Colburn said that students should rally together as a community:


They need to stand up for what they believe in, whether it’s what the administration teaches or what the archdiocese preaches. Being part of a progressive place like Seattle, we’ve come to a point where we accept gay rights, accept homosexuals, and I think you ought to stand up for that no matter what anyone says. It’s your beliefs, and you’re entitled to your own opinion. And today really showed that Eastside Catholic is a family, and not only is a family, but the entire community of Seattle Catholic schools are a family.

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