St. Francis Preparatory High School: Formally Apologize to Mark (Marla) Krolikowski for Sexual Discrimination
  • Petitioned St. Francis Preparatory High School

This petition was delivered to:

St. Francis Preparatory High School

St. Francis Preparatory High School: Formally Apologize to Mark (Marla) Krolikowski for Sexual Discrimination

    1. Cristina Guarino
    2. Petition by

      Cristina Guarino

      Astoria, NY

December 2013


Cristina Guarino: SFP has settled with Mr. K, now known as Marla Krolikowski! We don't have any specific information but we CAN say that all your support helped immensely and this case may have turned out for the worst without it. In my fellow alumnus Alex Mareau's words, "Marla continues to express her utmost gratitude and appreciation for all the love and support throughout this entire endeavor." It took us a year, but we've done it. from the petition to the wrist bands to the endless support from each and every one of you, we've truly made a difference in a wonderful human being's life. So thank you so much for contributing to this. When you raise your glasses this New Year's Eve, send a congratulations to Marla and praise yourself for a job well done, as well!

We, current and former students and faculty of St. Francis Preparatory High School, as well as concerned and offended bystanders (, insist that the school formally apologize to a loved and well-respected former member of their staff, Mr. Mark Krolikowski.

"Mr. K," as he was affectionately known by most of his students, had worked for SFP for over 30 years and was always himself: funny, eccentric, loving, and accepting. Ask anyone who had him and they will rave about his stellar teaching and friendly demeanor. In a school in which many of the faculty can often be bossy and tyrannical, Mr. K created a warm and welcoming environment for all his students and their peers.

However, his long track record of spectacular teaching seemed to carry no weight when a lone parent complained about his "feminine" appearance back in 2011. Mr. K, for as long as we have known him, has always donned several gold hoop earrings, dyed hair, fashionable (but appropriate and professional) clothing, and well-manicured nails. This was never an issue amongst his students or their parents until that one student's mother complained to the school.

According to the New York Post, "The subsequent questions from his bosses forced Krolikowski to tell then-Principal Leonard Conway and assistant principal Patrick McLaughlin he was transgender, court papers state. The revelations came as such a shock, the school leaders allegedly forgot the golden rule and bashed Krolikowski as 'worse than gay' and banned him from appearing at public events, court papers show. After agreeing to tone down his appearance by losing the earrings and feminine nails, Krolikowski said he got stellar evaluations during the 2011-12 school year. Despite this, Krolikowski claims his bosses called him insubordinate in June 2012 for allegedly continuing to go 'his own way,' according to court papers."

This is a disgusting display of discrimination and must be acted against and apologized for. While we do not expect Mr. K to return to Prep, we do expect the school to apologize for its behavior and its ultimate decision to expel such a valued member from their staff. In a school that preaches love, respect, and acceptance, we are appalled to see that their lessons come with hateful fine print.

St. Francis Preparatory High School
Formally Apologize to Mark (Marla) Krolikowski for Sexual Discrimination

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. VICTORY FOR MK!!!

      Cristina Guarino
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to thank everyone who signed this petition, and showed support in any way, for being there for MK. My two fellow alumni, Alex Maureau and Danielle Cervantes, were able to attend the hearing yesterday and reported the following:

      "The judge officially ruled that THE DISMISSAL MOTION IS DENIED and urged a settlement with this matter. It appears everyone wants to move on from this case and avoid the legal precedent this will set. For now, he gave both sides until October 23rd to come to an agreement."

      You can view the news story here:

      Again, thank you so much for all your support. At the very least ,we kept Marla positive and strong while she waited for this day. Please keep tuned for more information over the next few weeks!

      Judge rejects motion by Catholic school that fired transgender teacher

      NEW YORK - A judge in New York on Monday refused to dismiss a complaint by a former teacher at a Catholic school who was fired after notifying school officials that he was transitioning from male to female. Marla Krolikowski, 60, alleges in a lawsuit filed late last year, that she was wrongfully terminated from her teaching position at the St.

    2. Reached 12,500 signatures
    3. Facebook Page

      Cristina Guarino
      Petition Organizer

      If you haven't already, please join our Facebook Page to keep up on updates regarding Mr. K and his case, leave encouraging messages for him, and brainstorm on how to further the cause! Find us at:

    4. Reached 5,000 signatures
    5. AMAZING!

      Cristina Guarino
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for all of your support guys. We're almost at 1000! Keep it going and let's show Prep that they can't be "moral" bullies.

    6. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Katie Snow LUTZ, FL
      • 10 months ago

      This is disgraceful treatment of a well-liked, skilled employee.

    • Jordan Vick FRISCO, TX
      • 11 months ago

      I may be a Christian, but this is unacceptable. Nobody deserves to be treated like that, gay or not.

    • Toni Wiker JAMESTOWN, NC
      • 12 months ago

      Saint Francis? Really? Saint Francis... anyone familiar with the man?

    • Cibor Krzysik SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      Why are you using male pronouns?

    • Sondra Young LAKESIDE, MT
      • about 1 year ago

      So let me get this straight, if you are different in any way , we are going to alienate defame you? Yeah that sounds like and awesome message to send out to school students. What is wrong with these people, seriously. Apologize to this man.


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.