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Tired of gay slurs, he came out to his students. Then a parent called him unfit to teach.

Students at Harshman Middle School, where Jack Hesser is a teacher, work on science projects.
Students at Harshman Middle School, where Jack Hesser is a teacher, work on science projects.
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Editor’s note: This video contains language that could be considered offensive.

Jack Hesser was one of seven teachers who participated in story slam sponsored by Chalkbeat, Teachers Lounge Indy, WFYI Public Media and the Indianapolis Public Library.

Hesser’s story was a poignant one as he talked about his struggle to figure out how to address his identity with students. Every teacher shared stories about their challenges and triumphs in Circle City classrooms.

Check out the video below to hear Hesser’s story. He is a seventh grade science teacher at Harshman Middle School in Indianapolis Public Schools, and this is his second year teaching.

You can find more stories from educators, students and parents here.

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