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Utah school substitute chides student who's thankful for adoptive gay dads

Utah school substitute chides student who's thankful for two dads
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CEDAR HILLS, Utah -- Students at Deerfield Elementary School were asked by their substitute teacher what they were most thankful for and one 11-year-old student had a very special answer. 

“I’m thankful that I’m finally going to be adopted by my two dads."

The child, named "D" for privacy purposes, has been circulating through the foster care system for years according to FOX 13. D was also supposed to have been adopted a few times before by other families but due to unspecified circumstances, those didn't go through.

But his substitute teacher upon hearing D's gratitude said he shouldn't be thankful for his caregivers because homosexuality is a sin.

Three female students who were uncomfortable with the teacher's opinion and went to the principal’s office immediately to inform her of the situation.

Josh van Amstel, one of the adoptive dads praised the principal, “She's wonderful she's been really amazing."

So amazing that she escorted the substitute off the premises. “She said, there’s the door, keep walking,” Louis van Amstel, D's other future dad explained.

Louis, a famous dancer for Dancing With the Stars, promptly went on social media to talk about the situation. He says D reacted quietly in order not to jeopardize his adoption. 

“Because he is fearful we might be angry with him and not want to adopt him on December 19th,” said Louis.

Along with his classmates and principal, the community also came forward upon hearing of the incident. The family found the front of their house papered with hearts and handwritten messages of support. 

 “So much good has come from this one ugly act that it's amazing to know we live in the right community,” said Josh.

The name of the substitute has not been released but a statement was released by the Kelly Services, the agency that sends substitute teachers throughout the district. 

They told FOX 13: 

“We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior 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 and we have no further comment at this time.”

Louis van Amstel said in a Facebook video, "I’m truly disgusted that the bully in this situation is a teacher in a public school."

Utah has had some non-discrimination laws--barring religious institutions-- since 2015, but that does not apply to public services which could lead to LGBT people being denied certain things because of who they are.