Religion and English teacher Karen Ostendorf is the second educator this year fired from Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, Minnesota, for being gay.
Silent about being gay was a palatable exchange for Kristen she said until this past summer when Totino-Grace High School President Dr. Bill Hudson resigned when the school board learned he was in a same-sex relationship.
"There comes a point when the internal struggle and the reality of the work I was doing is too much," Ostendorf said of that time.
Without thinking Kristen said she stood up at a faculty staff meeting last month and told the truth.
"I heard myself saying most of you know I'm gay and I'm in a relationship with a woman," she recalled of that fateful August 21st meeting.
That sentence would seal her fate.