Christian School Allegedly Denies Teacher Job Because He’s Gay
A music teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, says he was not offered a job at a Christian school because he is gay, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Jonathan Zeng, a music teacher and singer, claims that Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, a nondenominational Christian school, offered him a third grade teaching position after Zeng went through a series of interviews.
The teacher says that after he accepted the job the school suddenly retracted his offer.
Zeng claims he received a phone call a few hours later from the school’s officials, who allegedly asked him if he is gay. Zeng, 30, asked why his sexual orientation mattered and the officials said that the school has a policy of not hiring gay teachers because they will be around children and that the school believes in traditional marriage.
"What they did was very painful," Zeng said. "I hope that many of their school families and supporters don’t feel that way."
The newspaper said that Cincinnati Hill officials would not comment on the situation and would not confirm that Zeng wasn’t hired because of his sexual orientation.
The school’s spokeswoman, Liz Bronson, also would not confirm if the school has a policy of not hiring gays.
"CHCA keeps confidential all matters discussed within a candidate’s interview," she said in a statement. "We’re looking into this matter, although the initial information we have seen contains inaccuracies. We will not be discussing individual hiring decisions or interviews. "
The school, which has about 1,500 students, has three schools in the Cincinnati area, one of them called Armleder - a campus located in downtown Cincinnati and the school Zeng lives near and where he interviewed. About 170 mostly minority students attend the school and most come from low-income families.