Nine-Year-Old Girl Writes Letter To Her Gay Teacher

Nine-Year-Old Girl Writes Letter To Her Gay Teacher

File this under the file labeled ‘Awww.’ A 9-year-old girl handwrote her teacher this letter after he came out during a class lesson on homophobia, and it’s safe to say she aced this one.

Unfortunately there are millions of people in the world who aren’t quite as emotionally intelligent as a little girl. Come on, world, keep up.

Here’s what she wrote:letter-490x670

It reads:

Dear Mr R,

Even though you’re gay, I will always treat you the same way as I do now. I still think about you the same way as I used to. You’re a great teacher and these are just some of the word’s (sic) that I would describe you as: great, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, awesome and brave.

The reason why I say brave is because you shared a personal secret which was very brave.

You don’t have to feel scared because I know that everyone in the class feels the same way as I do.

From A x x

PS: We are all proud of you

 

The teacher told PinkNews:

“As a primary school teacher, I’d always worried about mentioning my sexuality, despite the fact that my colleagues talked about their husbands, wives and significant others all the time.

“Then, as part of anti-bullying week, I’d asked who’d heard ‘gay’ being used as an insult. Almost every one of my class put their hands up. I was stunned.

“Then I asked who thought that people who were gay or lesbian were bad or wrong in some way, again almost every hand went up.

“After speaking to my Head, who was very supportive, we agreed I could tell the class that I’m gay so they at least knew one gay person and hopefully explain that when people use that word, they’re talking about me.

“The reaction was fantastic – there were a lot of gasps and shocked looks and some basic questions – do you have a boyfriend, etc – but after a couple of minutes they were over it and we moved on to the rest of the lesson.

“The letter came a couple of days later. The little girl who wrote it gave it to me at the start of the day with all the other slips about dinner money, school trips and doctors appointments.

“Reading it brought tears to my eyes and it took me a little while to compose myself. When I thanked her, she just shrugged and repeated something one of the boys in the class had said during the lesson, ‘It’s just your life’. Then she went back to her maths.

“For my class it was a surprise, sure, but to them, it was just something simple and easy to file away as another piece of information. There was no judgement, no follow up, just acceptance.

“Now, I can mention my fiancé as easily as any other teacher and my class knows me a little better. I’ve had a lot of letters and cards over the years, but this one I know I’ll keep forever.”

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31 Comments

  1. Ace
    December 18, 04:04 Reply

    That very ironic moment when kids are the adults adults fail to be.

  2. Dennis Macauley
    December 18, 05:08 Reply

    Kids are the cutest things ever! Its amazing how they are often more in touch with their humanity than the rest of us!

    • pinkpanthertb
      December 18, 05:48 Reply

      Aswear! Sometimes its as if you cross a certain threshold as you get older, and you lose your humanity at that juncture.

    • xpressivejboy
      December 18, 06:20 Reply

      So, would you rather have one and have one more in touch to be with?

      • Dennis Macauley
        December 18, 07:10 Reply

        @Jboy, No I am fine thankyou!

        I am not wired to be a parent, I love kids tho!

  3. Masked Man
    December 18, 06:11 Reply

    I wonder if nine year olds in Nigeria know the meaning of that world.
    This is so sweet and cute.

    • gad
      December 18, 10:44 Reply

      Homophobia»nigeriaphobia»selfphobia.hmmm

  4. Andrevn
    December 18, 06:17 Reply

    The innocency of a child! Like a cascading fountain in desert places…………
    This would certainly be for keeps if it were me…..infact my goodluck charm in paper and ink….

    • chestnut
      December 18, 07:01 Reply

      Andrevn, I really hope u’re not serious with “innocency”.

      • Deola
        December 18, 07:14 Reply

        Why? Nothing wrong with ‘innocency’ that i can think of.

      • Dennis Macauley
        December 18, 07:14 Reply

        Chestnut abeg rest!

        Nwoke oyibo; don’t spoil this awwww moment biko!

      • chestnut
        December 18, 07:28 Reply

        Lol…oya calm down. (I really thought he was joking with that one…*innocent grin*)

      • pinkpanthertb
        December 18, 12:15 Reply

        Chestnut sef eh. Hahahahaa. Youre so going to hell, whether ‘innocency’ or guilty.

      • Andrevn
        December 18, 19:42 Reply

        Growing up i was the sweetest innocent looking kid you could think of …….still is
        I know some are daredevils in childskin……….but hey! Who wasn’t?

  5. Max
    December 18, 06:21 Reply

    I’ve said it before, internal homophobia is cultivated while you’re still young. If you learn at a young age that being gay is normal, you won’t have any problem as a grown up…

  6. Airdeecan
    December 18, 06:40 Reply

    This deserves a serious Awwwwwwwwww, that’s so sweet.

  7. Deola
    December 18, 07:11 Reply

    This Child and her entire class deserve hugs!!! Lawd this is the sweetest thing ever!
    Dont be fooled though, for every well informed 9 year old like this are about ten misinformed ones, but this is a win and i’ll take it. So adorable.

  8. TheDarkestRaven
    December 18, 08:35 Reply

    Wow we do need to keep up! This is amazing story, thank you for sharing! 🙂

  9. Paul
    December 18, 09:59 Reply

    If ds happened in Nigeria,half of d parents would withdraw dia kids from dt school if d school hasn’t sacked d teacher yet.

  10. JustJames
    December 18, 10:51 Reply

    I take this whole story with a bit of skepticism cause the Internet is full of lies and shii.. but if it’s true I will go with the general reaction of awwwwn. How cute.

  11. Khaleesi
    December 18, 12:02 Reply

    Awwwww…. wake up guys! You’ll only ever be able to read and ‘ooh’ and ‘awww’ about this! As long as you live in Nigeria, this will never be your story! Nigerians have homophobia encoded in their dna and once they r past their 7th or 8th birthday, it rears its ugly head!

  12. Colossus
    December 18, 18:12 Reply

    Awwww, the letter you get from the kid that’s got a crush on you.

  13. A-non
    December 18, 20:29 Reply

    And I dreamt where this happened in Nigeria…

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