Punishing Pair's Love Makes Alumna Ashamed
Letter to the Editor
The decision to attend a private school is not one that is made lightly. To be willing to make the financial sacrifice that a private school tuition demands, one must possess a strong belief in the value of education, coupled with a level of confidence in the chosen institution.
When I decided to attend Lauralton Hall, class of 1997, that decision was based on the school's academic reputation and its small size and nurturing atmosphere.
Unfortunately, from this day on I will be ashamed to call myself an alumna of Lauralton Hall. I am sickened to hear of the dismissal of two faculty members on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Lauralton was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, yet this action against the teachers is the antithesis of mercy. It is a sad commentary on our society that in today's climate, when the air is thick with hate, the love between two people has cost them their jobs.
Moreover, although I am not at all surprised that the administration has feigned innocence in regard to any prior knowledge of this relationship, I find it difficult to believe. Even five years ago, the existence of lesbian relationships between certain faculty members was common knowledge within the student body.
In any case, I refuse to lend support, financial or otherwise, to an institution that practices such blatant discrimination. I will never give Lauralton Hall another cent, and I hope that other alumnae will consider doing the same.
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