Read The Touching Letter A 9-Year-Old Girl Wrote To Her Teacher After Finding Out He’s Gay
When an elementary school teacher in England decided to reveal his sexual orientation to his class for Anti-Bullying Week, he was hardly expecting to get the response he did.
When “Mr. R” asked his students to raise their hands if they’ve ever heard the word “gay” being used as an insult, he was shocked when almost every child in the class put their hand up. Then, when he asked who thought that people who are gay or lesbian were bad or wrong in some way, the hands went up again.
“After speaking to my Head, who was very supportive, we agreed I could tell the class that I’m gay so they at least knew one gay person and hopefully explain that when people use that word they’re talking about me,” the teacher revealed. “The reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc – but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson.”
But several days later, one little girl passed Mr. R a letter in the beginning of the day that made his confession worth it. She wrote:
“Reading it brought tears to my eyes and it took me a little while to compose myself,” Mr. R said of the note. “When I thanked her she just shrugged and repeated something one of the boys in the class had said during the lesson, ‘It’s just your life’.”