| New Zealand News | Thursday September 20 2012 12:42
A Whangarei school is staying silent on why a teacher who supported gay marriage was fired.
Science teacher Nigel Studdart was officially dismissed from Pompallier Catholic College this week after three weeks of suspension.
He objected to to comments opposing gay marriage made by the principal in the school's newsletter and supported a student-organised protest.
A statement has been issued by the Board of Trustees saying Mr Studdart will not be returning to the college to teach and they wish him well for the future.
They refuse to comment further.
Parents are planning to withdraw their children from the Whangarei school after Mr Studdart's departure.
One mother, who doesn't want to be identified, says she can't believe how the school has handled the situation.
"I'm just absolutely gobsmacked and shocked. He is a highly respected teacher. I've been to another school today to pick up their prospectus. That's how I feel about it."
A mother, whose son attends Pompallier Catholic College, says they can't believe Mr Studdart was dismissed after objecting to the principal's comments.
"I know some who strongly agree with the headmaster as well, but I certainly know some parents and staff members who are absolutely shocked."
The woman says students have also been told they're not allowed to speak at school about Mr Studdart's departure.
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