Brian Panetta was the band director at Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic High School, Sandusky, Ohio. He was fired for gay wedding plans.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sandusky Register: Perkins assistant band director allegedly linked to child sex crimes

He temporarily worked at St. Mary  while the school was searching for a permanent replacement for band director Brian Panetta.

When Brian Panetta was fired for same-sex wedding plans he was briefly replaced by Joel Miller, the Perkins High School assistant band director.  Today, the Sandusky Register reports that Mr. Miller has been allegedly linked to sex crimes.  To read article, click here.  Oh, the IRONY!

Friday, August 8, 2014


Hey readers, great news! I would like congratulate Brian Panetta on his new job as Director of Bands @ Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa, Florida.

With this news, there  is no need to continue updating this blog with developments. The original intent was to help coordinate the online petition to get Brian rehired; however, I will leave the blog up as an online resource for when the next gay teacher gets fired from a Catholic school. Below, in the blog's archive, you will find a detailed history of the events associated with Brian's dismissal!

You are a lucky school, Berkeley, to have Brian as Director of Bands.  He will do great things!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Denny Faber: I was fired

"Loyalty.  Denny Faber, Sandusky Central Catholic School's longtime athletic director, strove to embody the concept throughout his 31-year career .His cherished institution apparently didn't reciprocate."- Sandusky Register

This latest article is devastating at so many levels.  Unfortunately, many people did not care one way or the other about a gay band director getting fired over gay wedding plans.  But they do care about what was done to Denny Faber, the school's former athletic director: cruel, if you ask me; Shocks the conscience.  To read the complete SR article, click here.

UPDATE: Denny Faber rehired, read article here.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sandusky St. Mary Sued For Age Discrimination

"The lawsuit notes the decision's timing made Frederick unable to secure employment with another district for the 2013-14 school year. She has allegedly suffered adverse health effects, humiliation, embarrassment, loss of reputation and loss of self-esteem as a result." - Sandusky Register
A former Sandusky Central Catholic School teacher has filed a lawsuit against the school's education foundation, alleging officials terminated her employment because of her age. To read the complete article by the Sandusky Register, click here. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chaos reigns at Sandusky St. Mary

"After a heated discussion, one school official told distraught teachers to "open their own school" if they thought they could manage one better, according to the teachers who spoke with the Register." - Sandusky Register
The Sandusky Register reports that the school will slash salaries of the school's veterans employees up to 20%.   Teachers are  in open rebellion, angry and talking to the press.  To read the complete article, click here!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ousted gay band director continues fight

St. Mary Central Catholic High School's fired band director hopes to secure a conversation with the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church.  To read the complete article by the Sandusky Register, click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fired gay teachers seek audience with Pope

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of nine teachers who have lost their jobs at Catholics schools for either being LGBT, or supporting an LGBT family member.   To read full story and read letter, click here.