Give Ken Bencomo his job back
  • Petitioned St. Lucy's Priory High School

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St. Lucy's Priory High School
Sister Helen
Sister Monica

Give Ken Bencomo his job back

    1. Brittany Littleton
    2. Petition by

      Brittany Littleton

      Beverly Hills, CA

Ken Bencomo has been teaching at St. Lucy's for 17 years. He is a beloved mentor, confidant, and educator. His passion for teaching, as well as his witty personality, have made him a favorite teacher among many students. He is extremely active at St. Lucy's; he teaches multiple subjects along with taking on various leadership positions including Yearbook moderator, dance coach, and head of the English Department.

On July 1st, the Daily Bulletin ran an article about gay marriage, the front page featured a picture of Ken Bencomo and his longtime partner celebrating their marriage. The outpouring of love and support for the couple was overwhelming. Alumnae, teachers, staff, and friends of St. Lucy's expressed heartfelt congratulations to Ken, but the school itself responded in a much different manner. After 17 years of service and dedication, Ken Bencomo has been terminated from St. Lucy's.

As a proud alumni of St. Lucy's, I am disgusted and heartbroken by this act of prejudice. I believe that Mr. Bencomo deserves to keep his job, and that discrimination against teachers based on their sexual orientation must end. Please join me in speaking up for this adored teacher. Please contact St. Lucy's Priory high school at (626) 335-3322 or 655 W. Sierra Madre Ave., Glendora CA.

I am joined by many students and alumnae in saying that we believe this is a fight for love and equality, and as such we wish to display love and kindness, even while feeling hurt and shock. Please communicate with St. Lucy's in a respectful manner so that our voices will be heard.

To:
St. Lucy's Priory High School
Sister Helen
Sister Monica
Ken Bencomo is a beloved and respected teacher, please reverse this act of prejudice and give him his job back.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    @PerezHilton

    Aug 03, 2013

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    @SophiaBush

    Jul 31, 2013

    This discrimination has to stop. Ken Bencomo taught at St. Lucy's for 17 yrs, but was fired for marrying his partner. http://t.co/qM1SbBDxGP

    Sophia Bush
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    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Andryjowicz CLAREMONT, CA
      • 4 months ago

      What would Jesus do ? Not what was done to Mr B ....

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    • Desiree Maher KULA, HI
      • 4 months ago

      I remember Mr. Bencomo's first day. It was a joy to be in his art class because he was fun & we all could laugh and relax a bit. Bring back this ray of sunshine as the students have a great love for him. Mahalo from Maui. Desiree Maher class of '99

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    • Rebecca Walsh EASTON, MA
      • 5 months ago

      I don't know him but he deserves his job back no matter what his sexual orientation his.

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    • Graeme Robertson AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Simple. Its wrong.

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    • john halliburton TEANECK, NJ
      • 7 months ago

      people deserve to be treated with decency and respect

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