Fired Bishop Watterson Teacher Waits For Ruling As Graduation Nears
"Someone had to hunt that down. It was a one day obituary, five letters. And, to have five letters make such a huge ordeal," said Julie Uncapher.
Uncapher, the same sex partner of fired Bishop Watterson High School teacher Carla Hale, said she is still in disbelief over the debate that has placed them at the center of the gay rights movement.
"A letter, basically, that was none of your business - to take down a great educator and a great person, from a school she loved, from students she loved and loved her. That hurts to the core," Uncapher said.
Uncapher and Hale have been in a same sex relationship for nearly 15 years.
They maintain that the relationship was known only by their families and close friends until that anonymous letter was sent to the superintendent of Bishop Watterson High School.
"I was also outed, so therefore, a lot of people didn't know," Uncapher said. "And to show, to have them give me the support and us the support, has been great."
Their private relationship was made public and made them a reluctant symbol in the fight for gay rights. The national spotlight is an unlikely place after years spent in the shadows.
With the end of the school year fast-approaching, Carla Hale is prepared to watch this year's senior class graduate as an outsider.
It will be the first time in 19 years the beloved teacher will not be with her students when they receive their diplomas next weekend.
Hale, meantime, has filed a grievance with the Columbus Diocese. The superintendent is expected to rule on it on, or around, June 6.
While she waits for a ruling, Hale said she's thought a lot about using those five letters -- the name in the obituary -- that set off this "Halestorm."
"That's kind of been the big question for me. I've gone round and round and round with that, but at the end of the day... Yes, I would."
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