Mark Zmuda(r) is show with his partner Dana Jurgens prior to their wedding last July. (Rev. Janice Carter)

Former vice principal at Eastside Catholic says he didn't resign, was terminated

The former Eastisde Catholic vice principal is speaking for the first time since he reportedly resigned after the Seattle Archdiocese learned he'd married his same-sex partner - but he's telling a different story.

In a taped interview with one of his former students, a portion of which was released Thursday to KING 5, Mark Zmuda says he did not resign.

"To set the record straight - I was terminated. I did not resign. I was terminated, I was let go," said Zmuda.

Zmuda tells student Caterina Crittenden that he was informed he was terminated because he violated Catholic teachings.

Zmuda was married last year. School officials said they just recently learned of the marriage and met with Zmuda Tuesday, Dec. 17. An attorney for the school had said Zmuda resigned voluntarily and wasn't forced out.

Student protests started the following Thursday as hundreds staged a sit-in and walkout in support of Zmuda. It quickly spread to other area Catholic schools and drew worldwide attention on social media.

Students continued their demonstration the next day at Sammamish City Hill before at least 100 converged on the Archdiocese of Seattle for a rally. They also gathered at a swim meet at Seattle's Rainier Beach community center, where the Eastside Catholic swim team competed. Zmuda had coached the team but a student says he was prohibited from coaching at the meet.

Students have another protest planned for Saturday at Eastside Catholic.

KIRO Radio Staff, Staff report
Straight from the newsdesk.
Top Stories

  • Get Out of Jail Free?
    Why Seattle firefighters won't face felony charges in alleged homeless beating

  • Goats!
    Seattle deploys one of its most popular work crews to clean up the city
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from
In the community
Do you know a student who stands out in the classroom, school and community?
Help make their dreams come true by nominating them for a $1,000 scholarship and a chance to earn a $10,000 Grand Prize. Brought to you by KIRO Radio and Comprehensive Wealth Management.

Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.