A letter written by a nine-year-old girl student in support of her teacher who came out as a gay to his class "brought tears to his eyes."
After learning that his students felt there was something wrong or bad about being gay or lesbian, the teacher, who is being referred to as "Mr. R", decided to reveal his true identity.
According to The Mirror, the girl's full letter 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 identity of the girl, the teacher or the school has not been revealed.
Responding to the letter, the teacher said, "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."
The teacher, in his interview to Pink News, revealed that during the anti-bullying week, he learnt a very disturbing fact that forced him to come out as a gay to his class.
"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."
He consulted the headmaster of the primary school asking for permission to allow him to tell the class about his finacé so as to "explain when people use that word they're talking about me." And he said, "the reaction was fantastic," The Independent reports.
The letter written by the young girl was posted on social media. It was praised widely with one person commenting: "Wouldn't it be lovely if everyone saw things as innocently as this little girl."