The kids, while devout, weren't having any of it; about 150 walked out Wednesday, holding a rally in the rain that ended with a prayer. "Just because our school officials or diocesan leaders might have made this decision, it does not directly reflect what we believe as students," said a stalwart Grace Mumm, 16. Amidst such support, several students reportedly came out to their families for the first time. Other parents and alumni have argued that the Diocese "is cherry-picking Catholic doctrine"; that every teacher in every school, like every human everywhere, has likely committed some sin; that the school is sending an appalling message to LGBT students who do in fact exist; that “Jesus included all different kinds of people from all walks of life in his ministry - He probably would have been first in line defending (McCubbin)"; and that while sexual orientation is not a choice, bigotry and discrimination, alas, is.
There is now a petition against Dowling's discriminatory hiring policies, a #DowlingCares hashtag, a Facebook page by over 1,800 members of “Dowling Catholic Alumni, Faculty, and Students Against Discrimination,” and fervent ongoing support for McCubbin. This, lest we forget, from observant Catholics in Iowa, proving that yes, change happens. McCubbin has declared the students "the heroes here, because they are the ones who come into the school hoping to have life-changing experiences within (its) four walls." He says he considers himself religious "in that I try to be a beacon of love for everyone I meet. I think that was Jesus’ goal - to make sure we love and understand everyone we come into contact with.” From one respectful supporter, "As I think about it, you are still teaching at Dowling, and your classroom is larger than ever."