Grapevine High School Teacher Fired Over Texts To Students, He Says It's Because He Is Gay

Austin York
October 24, 2019 - 6:46 am
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GRAPEVINE (1080 KRLD) - A north Texas teacher believes he was fired for being gay.

The Grapevine-Colleyville school district has fired a teacher, citing what administrators describe as violations of the district's "electronic communications policy."

However, Josh Hamilton claims it's because he's gay.

Hamilton coaches the Grapevine High School speech team. To motivate his students, he says he sent text messages citing his own personal struggles to emerge "happily as a gay man."

"They're juniors, they get distracted. I was like guys I get it. You all have something going on. Last year you saw me struggle with my own mental health and come out the other side of that and discover my own sexuality. I get it. We are all going through something," Hamilton tells KRLD.

He says the students were extremely supportive.

"They were like good for you Ham. Like that's awesome, I'm so happy for you. We have had people on our team that have struggled with their sexuality or are openly gay."

Hamilton says the next thing he knew he was being called into HR and then days later fired.

"I've never been written up. I've never been reprimanded. I have never had an issue in ten years of teaching," Hamilton says.

He believes him being gay, was the reason for his dismissal.

"For the district to claim that my sexuality has nothing to do with it, my response is, to release the initial complaint."

In a statement the district says:

"Mr. Hamilton's sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with the reason Mr. Hamilton has been proposed for termination. Mr. Hamilton has been proposed for termination for good cause due to violations of the District's electronic communications policy, violations of student privacy, failure to follow written directives, and violations of the Texas Educator's Code of Ethics. In GCISD, we hold all employees to high standards for their interactions with our most important people, our students. His conduct is not acceptable for an educator in GCISD."