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Eastside Catholic students plan another rally for fired administrator

SAMMAMISH — It’s the first day back after the long holiday break and today, and student at Eastside Catholic High School plan to hold a rally during the lunch hour to demand answers.

Mark Zmuda was the vice principal at Eastside Catholic but was fired last month because he married his male partner.

The attorney for the school says he was not fired, but resigned, saying the decision was mutual. The attorney said Zmuda understood that working for a catholic school should mean he followed the church’s teachings.

For weeks, students have been fighting to bring Mr. Z — as they affectionately call him — back. They have protested at the school and outside of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

On the twitter account, ‘KeepMrZ2013,’ students said this rally will not be a sit-in, but a gathering to get to the bottom of what really happened.

Zmuda sat down with a former student to tell his side of the story, in that interview, Zmuda says he was told he could keep his job if he got a divorce.

A video of the interview is available below:

6 comments

  • norwestgirl

    The principal had to leave his job because he violated the clear rules he knew in advance were in place and always had been. This is a private school where there is a CHOICE in attending or teaching there. Nothing in the Catholic Church is going to change concerning equating a civil union with the spiritual definition of "marriage". His rebellion to this is disordered and to use kids as a bully pulpit for his desires is disturbing and indicative of our deconstructed society.

    • stenolover

      If an employer has rules that violate the law, they are considered void and unlawful in and of themselves. I see a lawsuit coming. Imagine if YOUR employer told YOU to get a divorce.

  • guest

    catholics don't read the bible they profess to believe in, if they did they would know that sexual perversion is WRONG! I grew up in the catholic church and left for a Bible based church as soon as I was able to make my own decisions.

  • Joe

    They spew the government school psycho-babble, I guess they have no idea how the little boys were targeted and aquired by gay priests.

  • holdeninwa

    Coulda kept his job w/a #divorce? OMG. Happy #Christian students rallyin'! #Constitution trumps #religion operating a business that employs #ThePeople. * Am still chagrined I'm divorced- yet never #married… like everyone else who is divorced. This lack of alignment cruel, unusual & #UNconstitutional.

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