PORTLAND, OR, December 17, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bill Diss, the pro-life teacher who got into trouble with school administrators after objecting to being forced to facilitate presentations by Planned Parenthood, has been fired by the Portland Public School District.
Diss’s attorneys argue that he
was wrongly terminated because of his
religious beliefs, and have vowed to pursue legal action.
“Bill Diss is a well-qualified teacher with a track record of success,” said Dana Cody, President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation.
“As the circumstances surrounding this termination demonstrate, Mr. Diss
has done nothing that would merit being fired from his
will pursue every possible avenue in defending Mr. Diss’ rights in this matter, and hopes to see his
rights ultimately protected despite PPS’ actions.”
Prior to his being placed on administrative leave in March, Diss had taught math and technology at Benson High School since 2002.
For the first five years of his
reviews were consistently positive.
But in 2007, Diss
began to speak out in opposition to the building of a new Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Portland.
pro-life activism was done on his
own time, outside of class and off campus.
But when school administrators with ties to Planned Parenthood found out about his
found himself the target of a sudden onslaught of complaints, reprimands and negative evaluations.
The controversy came to a head early last school year when presenters with the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) – a teen pregnancy prevention program run by Planned Parenthood and funded by a federal government grant – showed up at Diss’s classroom to give a recruitment pitch to students.
, who had not been warned that they were coming, followed district policy and requested identification.
was handed a card that identified the presenters as employees of Planned Parenthood, he
was surprised and upset.
At first, he
tried to block them from coming into the class at all, but Principal Carol Campbell demanded they be granted access.
Because of his
Catholic beliefs, Diss
felt that he
could not in good conscience participate in the presentation, so he
asked Campbell if he
could be excused.
The principal denied his
request and told him he
had to stay.
was hit with a fresh round of disciplinary investigations, including numerous classroom observations and meetings with school administrators.
Throughout the year, he
was required to work with Planned Parenthood officials to facilitate their outreach program, despite his
strong religious objections to their work.
Finally, in March, he
was accused of “unprofessional, intimidating and/or harassing behavior” by school officials over comments students alleged he
had made in opposition to Planned Parenthood, including his
assertion that “they kill over a million babies every three years,” according to one suspension letter.
was ordered to leave his
job and escorted off campus by police.
is what a real man is(take note congressrts) ... one who stands up and looks at adversity in the face and cries out for the helpless ~ even if it costs him .. I pray a good outcome for his
future and his
and OUR cause!
> “Bill Diss is a well-qualified teacher with a track record
A lawyer for the school district said Mr. Diss's
behavior is "damaging to kids.