Roncalli Guidance Counselor Says She Was Asked to Resign After School Learned of Same-Sex Marriage
INDIANAPOLIS -- A guidance counselor at Roncalli High School says she's been given a choice to resign or 'dissolve' her marriage after she claims school administrators were told that she is married to another woman.
In a message posted to Facebook, Shelly Fitzgerald says that she has had to "hide her 22-year relationship" with someone who she loves and parents with.
The post goes on to say:
"Someone sought out my marriage certificate from Hancock County and turned it in to Joe Hollowell (the school's chief administrator). He then turned it over to the Archbishop of Indianapolis, the superintendent and Chuck Weisenbach (Roncalli principal)."
Fitzgerald says she met with Hollowell and Weisenbach and was given three options: to resign, 'dissolve' her marriage, or, "wait it out and stay quiet and maybe I can make it the rest of the year, but they will not renew my contract next year 4."
The guidance counselor says she has no intention of divorcing, quitting or, "not telling anyone why I have to leave the job I've loved so much."
Fitzgerald goes on to say, "I ask that you pray for my family, for change in the world, and know I have absolutely loved my job for the past 15 years."
Roncalli High School posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying the school and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis have been made aware that Fitzgerald, "has made public a confidential personnel matter concerning her employment contract with Roncalli."
The post goes on to say that the school does not discuss specific personnel matters and that the personal conduct of "every teacher, guidance counselor and administrator and staff member, both at school and away from school, must convery and be supportive of the teachings of the Catholic Church."
Also, the post says that expectations of teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are defined in school contracts, but it does not specifically address Fitzgerald or her claims that she was told to resign or 'dissolve' her marriage.
A Facebook page to support Fitzgerald has more than 1,100 members and is steadily growing.
Flowers have also been placed on a bench outside Roncalli with a poster that says 'Love More'. According to a post in a Facebook group, there are flowers outside Fitzgerald's office as well.
A number of Roncalli alumni dropped their shirts at the school today to show support for Fitzgerald. The former students said they aren't directly disappointed with Roncalli because they don't have enough information to know the full story, but they are disappointed with the process.
Read the full Facebook post from Roncalli below.
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