Sarah Pendleton was devastated when Mathew, her husband of 13 years was accused, arrested, and convicted for voyeurism and downloading of indecent pictures of children. She took a leave off her work to spend time with her parents and get over the trauma. However, convinced of her husband’s genuine repentance, she re-united with Mathew, as they both try to rebuild their home in line with Biblical principles.
However, Sarah’s employers at the elementary school in Derbyshire, England where was a well-respected teacher took serious exception to Sarah’s decision not to divorce Mathew, who is a de facto child abuser. She was relieved of her job! Head teacher, Jan Seymour tries to justify this bizarre decision: “By making a choice to continue a relationship with her husband in full knowledge of the offenses he has admitted to, [Sarah’s] actions do not uphold the trust in the profession,”
The school’s human resources director further buttressed this position, declaring in an email: “As long as she stands by her husband, the LA [Local Authority] has a clear view that she is not suitable to be a teacher.”
Thankfully, the Courts think otherwise, and after a protracted proceedings, Sarah has been restored to her position – with a yet to be decided amount of financial compensation.
See details at Christianity Today’s website