Apr 29, 2013 11:59 AM EDT

Lesbian Teacher Fired from Catholic School, Fights Back

A veteran teacher has been fired from her Ohio catholic high school teaching job after it was revealed in a brochure at her mothers funeral that she was gay and has a lifelong partner. The school cites that the relationship violates their morality code.

Carla Hale, 57, was fired in March from her post as the school's physical education teacher after her name appeared in her mother's obituary, which also noted Hale's  lesbian partner, according to NBC news. 

Hale was summoned to a meeting with school administrators after she returned from her mother's funeral.

At the meeting, she received a copy of her mother's obituary that she and her brother had written. In addition, administrators gave Hale an anonymous letter from a parent calling the presence of a lesbian teacher at the school disgrace.

Since she got fired, the dismissal has received widespread attention on social media. A petition calling for her reinstatement on the Change.org website had received more than 55,000 signatures as of Wednesday evening.

The school district even asked for a police investigation after it received threatening calls, the Columbus Post Dispatch reported. The school's Facebook page was removed as were employee email addresses from the school's website.

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