JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former teacher of a gay Florida teenager who says he was expelled for his sexuality has raised more than $ 120,000 to help the teenager to afford college.
The eighteen-year-old Seth Owen tells the news outlets that his Southern Baptist family earlier this year gave him an ultimatum: go to their church or out. Owen says the lack of family support left him short $20,000 for tuition at the University of Georgetown, who had accepted him for the Class of 2022.
The Jacksonville native says that he was declined acceptance offers outside of Georgetown, who refused to change his financial aid package. Biology teacher Jane Martin took to the crowdfunding site GoFundMe in June to ask for help.
Owen’s father, Randy Owen, tells WTLV-TV that his son is allowed to live in the family home as long as he “worships the same way we worship.”
This story was corrected to fix the spelling of Owen’s last name.