School district apologizes to gay teacher fired decades ago

07/15/2014 | NBC News

Jim Gaylord, a former teacher in Washington state who was fired in 1972 after the school board deemed his sexual orientation "immoral," received a public apology Sunday from the Tacoma Public Schools Board at an event hosted by the Oasis Youth Center. "We cannot make up for the mistakes of an unfortunate past, but we can at least acknowledge them," said school board President Kurt Miller during the apology to Gaylord, now 76.

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