“For Roncalli, the school staff and the leadership to be subject to this vitriol and all the criticism quite frankly is unfair,” said Vane. “They didn’t get to make the decision. They were smart enough to hire Shelly Fitzgerald and it’s not their fault all these other things happened.”
“It’s not like she was robbing banks. She wanted to work and support her family,” said Vane. “I think it is terrible to take that away from somebody. I don’t think anyone should lose a job because of their sexuality, who they love and who they choose to be married to.”
Vane says he hopes the school can find a way to have Fitzgerald continue to work with students at the school.
“I hope they arrive at a solution that’s best for everybody. I mentioned contract employment as a possibility. I’m not a human resources attorney, I’m not exactly sure of the best way. What I do know is the students want her here, the faculty wants her here and the parents want her here. She wants to be here, why can’t she be?”