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Catholic school leader who ousted gay vice principal resigns

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SEATTLE — The president of a Catholic school in Washington state who allegedly fired a gay vice principal becuase he married his same-sex partner, then suggested he divorce to keep his job, has resigned in the aftermath of the turmoil that followed that decision.

Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM

Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM

Eastside Catholic School trustees have accepted Sister Mary Tracy’s resignation, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others on Tuesday evening, the school says a search for her replacement will begin immediately.

The email says, in part, “For Sister Mary it was a difficult but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is on a positive path forward.”

The suburban Seattle school and former vice principal Mark Zmuda have disputed the circumstances of his December departure, with Zmuda saying he was fired and the school saying he resigned after acknowledging that his marriage violated Catholic teaching and thus the terms of his contract.

Zmuda claimed that Sister Mary Tracy had suggested that he could get a divorce and keep his job.

For weeks, Eastside Catholic students and others have protested Zmuda’s departure.

Tracy was not immediately reachable by phone. School lawyer Mike Patterson said he had no additional comment.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. Fantastic

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:38am
  2. HA HA

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:40am
  3. good!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:41am
  4. Sue the bitch

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:41am
  5. Good to see that the school community was in an uproar over what she did.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:42am
  6. I know a vice principal looking for a job

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:42am
  7. one down….lets free the world of christan bogotry

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:42am
  8. Witch

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:42am
  9. Sister Mary Velma?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:44am
  10. Gosh, Catholic school president learns the harsh lessons about tolerance, trust, respect as Catholic values. I hope she learned that lesson and can move on to something better where she can, you know, better represent a universal Church based on a principle of Universal love as opposed to what she did.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:45am
  11. Shame. She should hve been sacked.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:46am
  12. Have a great life, lady. Just make sure you are not near the educational system in any way. We don’t need small minded individuals near our schools.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:46am
  13. Hope the Ginger thang doesn’t impede her job search. She would be appalled.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:47am
  14. Ha ha. Nobody likes a gay basher. That’s what you get when you hate in 2014. You lose all that you worked for.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:52am
  15. See ya you peabrained bigot. Your ugliness is surpassed only by your ignorance.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:53am
  16. Good riddance!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:53am
  17. Bigots are being brought to the forefront and people are standing up to them. That is a good thing.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:55am
  18. The wonders of modern social ethics!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:56am
  19. yes

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:59am
  20. And the teacher still doesn’t have a job and his reputation is shot. I have no nice words for her.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:00am
  21. I think Mr Z's reputation is anything but "shot" He has received nothing but positive evaluations of his past service and the manner in which he has handled himself shows him to be an incredible individual. Plus - there is now a job opening for which he would be perfect.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:19pm
  22. People will never learn……

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:00am
  23. Witch….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:01am
  24. Good Move.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:04am
  25. Bet she’s patting herself on the back.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:05am
  26. WOW… maybe she could go work at Westboro Baptist Church where she would fit in….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:05am
  27. One by one they fall, God has no place in his heart for hate.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:06am
  28. What a stupid bigot.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:07am
  29. Hate and bigotry will lead to the downfall of these so-called Christians!! Good bye!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:08am
  30. Good.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:09am
  31. Good…let the bigot know what discrimination feels like…good riddance.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:19am
  32. that was very Christian of them.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:26am
  33. bye bye bigot!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:27am
  34. good

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:28am
  35. Awww……BYE!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:44am
  36. Good. Bigots should not teach children.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:52am
  37. As an openly gay life long catholic giving a big shout out to catholic students and parents in Seattle who continue to stand for justice in this issue. I hope and pray that they prevail. The balance is tipping and a majority of Catholics are just saying that we have had enough hate and bigotry – it is OUR CHURCH and we intend to stay in place and work to reclaim it.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:00am
  38. Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:17am
  39. Good cuz she is a Turd!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:45am
  40. Raping children also goes against Catholic teachings,

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:51am
  41. Good she should!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:55am
  42. Good riddance BITCH!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:58am
  43. When will they ever learn!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:08am
  44. what kind of fresh bullshit is this, woman!? Finish your work!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:41am
  45. karma

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:46am
  46. I hope the bitch burns in hell!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:58am
  47. When most of your student body and the student bodies of five other schools revolts against the decision I can see why you would want to get the fuck out of Dodge.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:03am
  48. I literally live behind this school an this whole thing pisses me off every time I drive by it.. Take a hike you A hole! You have hurt a lot of people these past few weeks and your karma is going to haunt you…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:04am
  49. love triumphs hate any day of the week

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:43am
  50. She looks the type, sad and lonely. So she should be!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:50am
  51. Now will they hire him back again…they should!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:57am
  52. Good, hope she has a whole lot of trouble finding another job.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:57am
  53. Bye bye!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:37am
  54. Ha ha ha

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:39am
  55. she doesn’t belong in education

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:38am
  56. Buh-Bye!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:42am
  57. yea,,good job ,,hell awaits her

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:20am
  58. I sincerely hope that she left the school because she is being hammered mercilessly for her unkindness. I would love to know that payback was the cause of her departure. I hope she is forced to deal with it for the rest of her life as she appears to be “resigning” in the hopes of getting away from it. Some justice served, anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:13am
  59. Good riddance!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:43pm
  60. May the evil that she did the Vice Principal revisit her life and home three times.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:47pm
  61. Hopefully she will never be allowed into another school for the rest of her pitiful life. Skank.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:09pm
  62. This sends a message that if you discriminate, the people who want equality will not make your life easy. We should be proud of the students for standing up against discrimination.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:34pm
  63. she finally used her brain”

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:01pm
  64. She looks a little dykey to me!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:31pm
  65. One down…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:34pm
  66. That smile may turn to ice in Purgatory.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:38pm
  67. The bigot should not be allowed near children.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:42pm
  68. Buh Bye!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 2:52pm
  69. We do not need close-minded people involved in educating our children.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:24pm
  70. Good Riddance!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:31pm
  71. Maybe they could make the fired vice principal the new principal!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 3:59pm
  72. BOOM bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:08pm
  73. good! we don’t need small minded bigots in the education system!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:16pm
  74. good she should resign,or shes been getting love letters,lol.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:30pm
  75. American teeth
    Yuk

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:31pm
  76. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:50pm
  77. Now reinstate him ASAP!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:50pm
  78. Apparently she doesn’t follow code of Judge not lest he be judged.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:27pm