You are not alone.
Love is with you
watching tenderly over you
by day and night,
And this Love will not leave you
but will sustain you
and remember all thy tears,
and will answer your prayers.
Mary Baker Eddy
From the Mary Baker Eddy Collection
Susan Sarandon Blasts Anti-Gay Comments Made by Her Nephew’s Former Teacher
03/17/2015 AT 07:00 PM EDT
Lyons – who was elected homecoming king before graduating from IHS in 1998 – says he was initially shocked to read Jannuzzi’s posts.
“That was not the teacher that I had and that certainly was not something I was exposed to when I was her student,” he says. “I definitely did not have anything bad to say about my experience with her while in school.”
In response to the outcry of disapproval, the administration at IHS has publicly stated that Jannuzzi has been put on administrative leave and was told to take down her Facebook page, which contained content “completely inconsistent with our policy and position as a Catholic Christian community.”
Lyons says that it is Jannuzzi’s position as an educator that made him particularly sensitive to her comments.
“I believe that everyone is entitled to their own views but when you are in a position where you have an influence on children, you have to be careful with your words. They can be very damaging,” he says.
Though some are calling for parents to remove their children from the Catholic school in protest of Jannuzzi’s suspension, Lyon’s says he has received messages from people “around the world” who have reached out to thank him.
“I just hope that the kids who had access to that Facebook page – not just the gay kids but any kid who struggles with their identity or is being bullied – can walk through those halls with their head held higher knowing that her language and message is not acceptable in that kind of place,” he says.
And Lyons – who married his husband Jason in October and will celebrate their adopted son’s first birthday in June – couldn’t be more grateful for the support of his aunt.
COURTESY SCOTT LYONS
“From as early as I can remember, she has been one of my biggest supporters,” he says. “I think she knew from very early on that I was different and she kept me safe and feeling that I was great just the way I was. She is just the coolest person and it means a lot. When I thanked her, she texted me back and said, ‘It feels really good when people have your back.’ And it really does.”