Oh, wait—did I say gay teacher? I meant straight teacher—it was a straight teacher whose straight boyfriend used the sign at her elementary school to propose.
Hillcrest Elementary's third-grade teacher, Jennifer Halterman, was driving to work Thursday when her boyfriend text-messaged her to say he thought someone might have vandalized the sign in front of her school and she should take a careful look. As she idled at the stoplight, she glanced over and saw that the sign had indeed been altered by a mischievous soul. "Ms. Halterman will you marry me?" it read.
Just where was that boyfriend of hers, she thought. He wasn't in the parking lot or at the entrance to the school. "I was freaking out," she said. At 8 a.m., none of the children were there yet, so she walked down the empty halls to her classroom, where balloons and a dozen red long-stem roses stood in a vase. But there was still no sign of her boyfriend, Wesley Peters, until he emerged from behind the closet door, got down on his knee and proposed.
"I said, 'Yes,'" Halterman said.... When the children did arrive at school that morning, they were very excited, Halterman said. "The girls ooohed and ahhhed over the ring," and others were confused about when they could begin calling her Mrs. Peters, she said.
"When I read this article about how a woman's boyfriend used her employer's (a school) sign to propose to her and then how the kids later commented on her ring, I contrasted that with the fact that I can be fired if kids find out too much about my personal life. It's flaunting their sexuality is what it is. And it's the sort of double standard that straight people just don't understand."
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