Nicholas Breiner. Photo via Twitter

One of Nicholas Breiner’s students contemplated killing herself because she was struggling with her sexuality. Breiner came out as bisexual to attempt to help, but got fired from his Kentucky middle school as a result.

“I couldn’t help but wonder how many students I had that were in a similar situation to that student; feeling completely alone and nearing that irreversible decision,” he said, according to USA Today. 

He came out over Instagram, and three days later, was pulled into the principal’s office, was interrogated about his sexuality, and they warned him to keep it to himself. A month later, his contract with the school wasn’t renewed.

Breiner says he believes he was fired over his bisexuality, but even if he was, he may not be able to do anything. Kentucky civil rights law doesn’t prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexuality.