Pompallier Catholic College science teacher Nigel Studdart says the schoolâ€™s Board of Trustees last night fired him, after a lengthy meeting.
He was initially stood down for supporting students who organised a Facebook group and silent rainbow wristband-wearing protest against the principalâ€™s stance against marriage equality in a school newsletter.
â€śI slept well last night with a clear conscience and I will face my tomorrows in the knowledge that I could not in all conscience have acted any differently,â€ť he says.
â€śI canâ€™t believe it, just like that my favourite teacher is gone,â€ť one student has written in response to the Facebook post.
â€śI'm so annoyed about this, it's such a big loss to Pompallier I never had you as my teacher but my peers have and have all told me how fabulous you are. I hope everything turns out okay Mr Studdart best of luck,â€ť another writes, while â€śthere goes the best teacher in the school,â€ť adds another.
â€śThe whole family is outraged by this,â€ť says another student. â€śThe whole family are supporting you with any decision you make. Thanks to you I felt so confident in my chem and bio paper today! You were the best teacher!â€ť
Another student says â€śI find the whole 'learning excellence for life' ironic when they fire the best teacher right before exams
The parent of a student says sheâ€™s now considering moving her son to another school. â€śWe are all very, very upset about this - I know for a fact, some of the BOT Trustees members do not agree with Mr Stantons decision ... Pompallier has lost one of the best teachers they have .. we have no faith in Pomapllier College at all. As well as a fantastic teachetr, you are a wonderful man - you aren't the one who should be leaving that school.â€ť
A second parent agrees with the comment, saying they are also considering moving their son to a different school.
There is plenty of talk of a protest on Facebook, with suggestions including glitter bombing the principal and a rally outside the next Board of Trustees meeting.