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Sat Feb 23, 2019, 08:31 AM

Kentucky teacher came out as bisexual to stop a student's suicide. Then he got fired

Nicholas Breiner hadn’t even told his family on April 7, 2017, when he came out on Instagram and told the world — more particularly, his students — that he was bisexual.

He spoke up because one of his students, struggling with her own sexuality, had told a friend that she was going to kill herself. “I couldn’t help but wonder how many students I had that were in a similar situation to that student; feeling completely alone and nearing that irreversible decision,” he said recently.

Three days after he posted on Instagram, he said he was hauled into his principal’s office, questioned about his sexuality by a deputy school superintendent, and warned to keep his sexual preferences to himself. A month later, he was told that his contract with the Montgomery County Public Schools was not being renewed.

Breiner, who was a choral teacher at J.B. McNabb Middle School in Mount Sterling, thinks he was fired because he is bisexual. The Montgomery superintendent says he was fired because of unrelated job performance issues.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/joseph-gerth/2019/02/21/kentucky-teacher-comes-out-bisexual-lgbt-and-gets-fired/2936424002/

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