Bishop Amos: Let Prince of Peace Honor its Agreement
  • Petitioned Leland Morrision

This petition was delivered to:

Superintendent
Leland Morrision
Bishop
Most Rev. Martin J. Amos, DD
Principal
Prince of Peace Catholic School

Bishop Amos: Let Prince of Peace Honor its Agreement

    1. Petition by

      Eychaner Foundation

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May 2012

Victory

From the Eychaner Foundation: 5.11.12 To: The Prince of Peace Student Body and Staff Re: Thank You First of all, I would like to say that I have been in awe of the tremendous amount of support that I have received from you this week. I can’t begin to explain how much it meant to me to hear all of the supportive and encouraging things that many of you have expressed to me. This has been a challenging and stressful time, but hearing so much positive feedback made it significantly easier to keep moving forward. I couldn’t have made it to this point without every one of you. As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school. Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have. This school has taught us time and time again that we are all made equally, and we all must continue to spread that message through our words and our actions. Mutual respect for one another is essential if we are all to coexist peacefully. I’m pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached concerning the issue of my scholarship presentation. I congratulate Bishop Amos and the Eychaner Foundation for respectfully discussing the situation and agreeing to have a school representative read the scholarship presentation and a scholarship committee member will hand me the Eagle Statue. Keeping the discussions civil and focused allowed an agreement to be reached. Now, I would like nothing more than to be able to move on and celebrate graduation. I’ve never wanted the graduation ceremony on May 20th to be about just me, or this issue. It is about twenty-two incredible individuals, all of whom deserve to be honored equally for our hard work and accomplishments. I am very proud to be a part of the Prince of Peace graduating class of 2012, and it is with them that I wish to experience the rest of my senior year to the fullest. Respectfully, Keaton M. Fuller

Keaton has never felt as invalidated and unaccepted as he did upon hearing the news that the Matthew Shepard Scholarship that he worked so hard for would not be recognized in the way that it should at the graduation ceremony. It is difficult for him to understand how after he spent thirteen years at this school and worked hard during all of them, he would be made to feel that his accomplishments are less than everybody else’s just because he is gay.

Read Keaton's Open Letter at http://www.eychanerfoundation.org/news/item/keaton-fullers-open-letter-to-prince-of-peace.html

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    1. Keaton Fuller's Thank You to Prince of Peace

      First of all, I would like to say that I have been in awe of the tremendous amount of support that I have received from you this week. I can’t begin to explain how much it meant to me to hear all of the supportive and encouraging things that many of you have expressed to me. This has been a challenging and stressful time, but hearing so much positive feedback made it significantly easier to keep moving forward. I couldn’t have made it to this point without every one of you. As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school.

      Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have. This school has taught us time and time again that we are all made equally, and we all must continue to spread that message through our words and our actions.

    2. Agreement Reached Between the Eychaner Foundation and the Diocese

      The Diocese of Davenport and The Eychaner Foundation announce that an agreement has been reached regarding the presentation of the Matthew Shepard Scholarship to Keaton Fuller at Prince of Peace College Preparatory School in Clinton, Iowa.

      Under the agreement, Dr. Lee Morrison, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools will read a script prepared by the Eychaner Foundation, which was reviewed and approved by the Most Rev. Martin J. Amos, Bishop of Davenport. Mike Simonson, a prominent architect and member of the scholarship committee, will present an eagle statue to Fuller.

      The Eychaner Foundation, which sponsors Iowa’s Matthew Shepard Scholarship program, thanked Bishop Amos for graciously working to find a mutually acceptable way to resolve the dispute regarding the presentation of the scholarship.

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. Bishop Amos: Let Prince of Peace Honor its Agreement

      The Eychaner Foundation applauds the Prince of Peace school board for its' support of having Keaton Fuller's scholarship presented as the school has promised to do. Ed O'ONeill told the Quad-Cities Times the following:

      Ed O’Neill, president of the Prince of Peace school board, said Keaton’s scholarship was discussed at the April 17 school board meeting and nobody expressed any concerns about having someone from the Eychaner Foundation present Keaton with his scholarship.

      O’Neill said he was “disappointed and confused” by the diocese’s decision, especially because the school already had given assurance that a representative of the foundation would be allowed to present the scholarship.

      “If you say you’re going to do something, you do it,” O’Neill said. “I guess I don’t understand what the big deal is about somebody from the foundation coming to present the award.”

      Call the Bishop at (563)324-1911and say that you support Keaton and to let the school honor its agreement.

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. Eychaner Foundation Reaction to Diocese Response

      The mission of the Eychaner Foundation is to promote tolerance, understanding and anti-bullying policies. We help Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students survive and work to prevent teen suicide. We’re shocked that Bishop Amos and the Diocese of Davenport find these positions “contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church”.

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    • Bryson Syliboy INDIAN BROOK, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      There is no need for this Equality for all. The church is wrong.

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    • Sister Mary Beth Gray WESTLAKE, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Everything about Jesus was inclusive. Jesus always included those whom society excluded. Is the church about following Jesus: Or is there some other criteria that supercedes the message of Jesus??? Matthew Shepard went through a horrific death because of exclusion. Bishop, you are really not following Jesus. Please think this over very carefully.

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    • Monica Edgar HELENA, MT
      • over 2 years ago

      As an alumni of Prince of Peace ('95), I hope that my school stands by Keaton, honoring his amazing and outstanding achievement and not discriminating against him. This truly upsets and enrages me that the Bishop is doing this.

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    • Ruth Burke DAVENPORT, IA
      • over 2 years ago

      If Keaton's mother is as proud of her son as I am of my gay son then keep in mind that is why the church is losing all the young kids.

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    • Nicole Krakoff WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      equality.

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