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Substitute teacher is fired after she tells a classroom of fifth graders that 'homosexuality is a sin' after a boy, 11, said he is thankful that he will be adopted by Dancing With The Stars pro and his husband

A substitute teacher has been fired after she told an 11-year-old boy that he shouldn't be thankful for his adoptive dads because homosexuality is a 'sin'. 
The teacher, who has not been named, allegedly went on a homophobic rant in front of a classroom of fifth graders at Deerfield Elementary School in Utah while the students were sharing what they were thankful for ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.      
When it was his turn to speak, a boy named Daniel told the class: 'I'm thankful that I'm finally going to be adopted by my two dads.' 
'Why on earth would you be happy about that?' the substitute replied aggressively, according to fellow students.  
She proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes lecturing the class about how 'homosexuality is wrong' and 'two men living together is a sin'.  
A substitute teacher in Utah has been fired after she told an 11-year-old boy named Daniel that he shouldn't be thankful for his adoptive dads because homosexuality is a 'sin'. Daniel's soon-to-be adoptive parents, Louis and Josh van Amstel (pictured with the boy), expressed horror at the substitute's hurtful remarks
A substitute teacher in Utah has been fired after she told an 11-year-old boy named Daniel that he shouldn't be thankful for his adoptive dads because homosexuality is a 'sin'. Daniel's soon-to-be adoptive parents, Louis and Josh van Amstel (pictured with the boy), expressed horror at the substitute's hurtful remarks
Louis and Josh van Amstel said Daniel stayed quiet as the substitute teacher went on a 10-minute rant about how 'homosexuality is a sin'
Louis and Josh van Amstel said Daniel stayed quiet as the substitute teacher went on a 10-minute rant about how 'homosexuality is a sin' 
'That's nothing to be thankful for,' the substitute apparently told Daniel, who has spent years in foster care and endured two failed adoptions in the past.  
Three girls in the class said they tried to stop the teacher multiple times, but she continued with her hurtful remarks. 
Eventually the girls left the room to find the principal, Caroline Knadler, who escorted the substitute out of the school.  
Daniel's soon-to-be adoptive parents, Louis and Josh van Amstel, praised Knadler for her reaction and expressed horror at the substitute's hurtful remarks. 
Louis, a champion ballroom dancer and longtime performer on Dancing With The Stars, posted about the incident on his Facebook page.
He said Daniel stayed quiet during the teacher's rant and didn't want to talk to school officials about it afterward. 
'He was so fearful that this could make us think that we don't want to adopt him,' Louis told the Salt Lake Tribune.
'That's definitely not going to happen. But this situation really hurt him. This person really hurt us.'
Teacher tells boy thankful for adoptive dads homosexuality is wrong

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Louis van Amstel reacted to the incident in a video posted to his Facebook page
Louis van Amstel reacted to the incident in a video posted to his Facebook page 
The van Amstel's praised the principal at Deerfield Elementary School (pictured) for escorting the substitute teacher out of the building after she learned about the alleged rant
The van Amstel's praised the principal at Deerfield Elementary School (pictured) for escorting the substitute teacher out of the building after she learned about the alleged rant
Louis and Josh said they were proud of how Daniel handled the situation and encouraged by the community's response. 
The day after the incident, they found the front of their home plastered with colorful paper hearts with handwritten messages of love and support.  
'So much good has come from this one ugly act that it's amazing to know we live in the right community,' Josh said. 
A spokesperson for Alpine School District said substitute teachers are hired through staffing company Kelly Services and that 'appropriate action has been taken'.  
Kelly Services released a statement confirming that the incident is under investigation.  
'We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously,' the statement said. 
'We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation.'

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