Students at a private Catholic high school in a Seattle, Washington suburb have thrown their school into turmoil protesting in support of a popular vice-principal who was fired after his marriage to another man.
Photos of the protests — in which students staged a sit-in in the school’s cafeteria — have gained mass attention on Reddit, and a petition in support of former Eastside Catholic High School vice-principal Mark Zmuda has over 10,000 signatures as of Friday morning.
“The student body is outraged that an incredible administrator, coach, and human being was fired solely because of his love and marriage for another human being. We are uniting in order to change the Catholic Church’s opposition of gay marriage,” the petition states.
In a letter to parents, the Catholic high school said that Zmuda’s employment was terminated because his same-sex marriage violated his signed contract with the school.
Eastside closed early Thursday following the student protests, and cancelled Friday’s classes due to predicted snow “and in light of the difficult day,” according to The Seattle Times.
Here are some pictures from the Eastside Catholic School student protests: