A teacher says he was dismissed for his sexuality. He filed a lawsuit to protect others like him.
Nick Breiner had been teaching at McNabb Middle School in eastern Kentucky for about three years when he received a frantic message from one of his students.
Another student, a seventh-grade girl, had sent a note that outlined her intent to kill herself, he said. The police were called and rushed to the girl’s home, as did Breiner. Both parties arrived before the girl had done any harm to herself.
Breiner knew she was struggling. She had told him that she identified as a lesbian and was facing friction with her family over that part of her identity, he said.