Paper: school band director fired for gay marriage plans - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Paper: school band director fired for gay marriage plans

Posted: Updated:

The Sandusky Register reports a local school fired its band director over his same-sex marriage plans.

The paper says Sandusky Central Catholic School allegedly forced Brian Panetta to resign after learning he and his boyfriend were engaged.

Panetta has been with the district for five years. He was fired on January 3rd.

His termination letter stated he had violated the moral and religious teachings of the Catholic Church.

In a letter to students and parents Panetta wrote: "Dear Sandusky Central Catholic Community,It is with heavy heart and great remorse that I find myself stepping down from my position as Director and Coordinator of Music at Sandusky Central Catholic School. I am, however, proud to announce that over Christmas Break I accepted a proposal of engagement to my partner of five years. As a proud and gay Catholic, I understand the Church's teachings on marriage and agree that my engagement is a public statement of my position for marriage equality, which the Catholic Church does not yet support. I am hopeful to see change in the future, but until then I am praying for strength and understanding and encourage my students to do the same"

Melody Curtis, President of Sandusky Central Catholic said in an e-mail message, "It is with great sadness that we extend to you that Mr. Brian Panetta has resigned his position today as music Director and Coordinator of Music at Sandusky Central Catholic School. We would like to thank Mr. Panetta for his devotion and service to the school, and the gifts and talent he brought to the music program."

  • LocalMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Amber Alert issued for missing Ohio girl

    Amber Alert issued for missing Ohio girl

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:48 AM EDT2014-07-26 10:48:51 GMT
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
  • Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:09:20 GMT
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
  • Riverdale teacher accused of child endangering resigns from district

    Riverdale teacher accused of child endangering resigns from district

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:04:52 GMT
    The Riverdale School teacher caught on camera being physical with a student has resigned. Superintendent Eric Hoffman tells 13abc he received Barb Williams’ resignation letter Friday. Hoffman will not release the letter at this time. He tells 13abc he will give the letter to the school board Monday at its meeting where the board is expected to formally act on the resignation. Hoffman would only say the letter says she will resign immediately.
    The Riverdale School teacher caught on camera being physical with a student has resigned. Superintendent Eric Hoffman tells 13abc he received Barb Williams’ resignation letter Friday. Hoffman will not release the letter at this time. He tells 13abc he will give the letter to the school board Monday at its meeting where the board is expected to formally act on the resignation. Hoffman would only say the letter says she will resign immediately.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Amber Alert issued for missing Ohio girl

    Amber Alert issued for missing Ohio girl

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:48 AM EDT2014-07-26 10:48:51 GMT
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an Ohio child who police say was taken by her father. According to authorities, the Kaelin Hawkins, 34, took his daughter Kelcie Hawkins, 5, from Springdale, OH.  Police say Kaelin is armed with a knife and has threatened to kill anyone with him.  He was last seen driving a dark gray 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio license plate FNV 7233.
  • Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Loved ones looking for answers in Toledo murder case

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:09:20 GMT
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
    Eddie Byrd started cutting Tyler McIntoush's hair when he was only 8-years-old. The Toledo barber was devastated to hear the carefree 16-year-old was shot and killed Thursday morning."They stole her son, my customer, and a friend," says Byrd. "We cant see him grow up can't see him graduate. It's just, emotions are messed up right now."According to police, the shooting happened near Collingwood and Boston Place just after 3 a.m. Today, a small memorial now sits near that spot. McIntosh's frien...
  • This is Home! - July 25, 2014

    This is Home! - July 25, 2014

     

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!