In August 2013, he was hired to teach religious studies at St.
Ignatius, the school he had dreamed of going to when he was a teen.
Tedeschi said he believes he was really fired because he is gay and the school was embarrassed by the "outing" and subsequent fallout.
He also believes the school administrators fired him "in retaliation" for complaining about the harassment he experienced at the school. Ignatius administrators declined to answer general questions about the school's hiring practices, specifically whether they hire, and allow, gay teachers to work at the school.
"Everyone should have the right to a private life," Tedeschi said. Ignatius student texted screenshots of Tedeschi's profile to several other St. "He wanted to embarrass me." Discussing the profile in a group text message that Tedeschi obtained screenshots of, one student wrote: "Wow.
This is SOOO juicy." "He was sort of cyberbulled by some of our students," said one of Tedeschi's former colleagues who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
A 'horrible' environment When Tedeschi found out the student had seen his profile, he said he told two administrators hoping they would take action to stop the bullying from students.
At first, the administrators "were supportive," he said, and brought the issue to St. Tedeschi talked to the students after the incident, but the students were ultimately not punished, he said. "It was a horrible environment for me," he said, and students continued to harass him.
Tedeschi, who taught for about four years at the school, said he believes he was then fired because his sexual orientation conflicts with some Catholic teachings, and the incident — and ensuing gossip — embarrassed top leaders at the elite school.
He was slated to be considered for tenure in the fall.
"In a lot of ways, I fell in love with it all over again when I became a teacher there," said Tedeschi, 31.