A student attending a Christian high school in Kentucky was expelled from school due to wearing a rainbow sweater when blowing off candles on a rainbow birthday cake. The mother took a picture of her smiling daughter when she was blowing out her candles, and then posted on social media, but the school administrators did not like it and her daughter got an expulsion notice.
In fact, very shortly after she has posted the photograph she received a letter from the head of Whitefield Academy, the school that her daughter visited. Kayla, her daughter, was a freshman in this school, but the school did not approve her behavior.
The school even gave her daughter a book of an ex-gay “Gay Girl, Good God,” prior to her expulsion notice.
Rainbows are very beautiful meteorological phenomenon, but since the seventies they have become a universal symbol of gay pride and acceptance.
Kimberly Alford, the mother of this 15-year-old teen, told NBC affiliate WAVE of Louisville: “She was happy. She looked beautiful. Of course, as a mom, I took her picture blowing out her candles, and I posted that on my Facebook page.”
Alford said the following:
“The WA Administration has been made aware of a recent picture, posted on social media, which demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.”
Here is the letter Alford received from the head of the school, Bruce Jacobson, signed Jan. 6, quote:
“We made it clear that any further promotion, celebration, or any other actions and attitudes that are counter to Whitefield’s philosophy would not be tolerated. As a result, we regret to inform you that Kayla is being dismissed from the school immediately.”
The Whitefield Academy stated that the rainbow photograph was not the reason for the expulsion, but it was preceded by two years of student code violations. The statement was released on Wednesday, NBC News:
“Inaccurate media reports are circling stating that the student in question was expelled from our school solely for a social media post. In the fall, we met with the student to give her a final chance to begin to adhere to our code of conduct. Unfortunately, she did not live up to the agreement, and therefore, has been expelled.”
Alford confirmed that her daughter had some behavioral issues in an interview with Tuesday and that her daughter had been on probation since October. Namely, Kayla has been caught with an e-cigarette and she was cutting classes. The school administrators, “in a roundabout way,” told her that the probation was not referred to her daughter’s “sexuality.”Nonetheless, Alford says that some of the students were uncomfortable with her daughter’s “perceived sexuality.”
As a result of that her daughter was given the book “Gay Girl, Good God,” by a school counselor. The author of this book is Jackie Hill Perry, an ex-lesbian who said that she has reversed herself to straight thanks to her belief in God. Kayla was obliged to meet the counselor once per week to go over the book.
The school did not address NBC News’ requests about comments of the additional circumstances of Kayla’s probation and expulsion like the alleged “lifestyle violations” and the counseling sessions with “Gay Girl, Good God.”
The website of Whitefield Academy shows the student handbook, where a “homosexual orientation” household wouldn’t be considered “in harmony” with the school’s beliefs.
According to the handbook:
“On occasion, the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home may be counter or in opposition to the Biblical lifestyle the school teaches. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual immorality, homosexual orientation, or the inability to support Biblical standards of right and wrong.”
Kimberly Alford submitted an appeal to the academy, stating that her daughter shouldn’t be “held accountable for a cake that I purchased with no intention of promoting a posture of morality and cultural acceptance that contradicts that of Whitefield Academy.” The school did not want to meet with her, but the administrators agreed to change her daughter’s expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal. In this way it will leave her record clean.
Her daughter had been attending Whitefield Academy since the sixth grade, and regardless of the latest occasions she misses the academy.
“She had some close-knit friendships with students. The parents are great. I just hate that this happened. Whitefield was not all bad. I really liked it. I wanted her to graduate from there.”
After the expulsion from the Whitefield Academy Kayla started public school Friday, but she still needs time to adjust to the new surroundings.
Alford decided to share her story because she believes that her daughter was treated “unjustly”, and to prevent such occurrences for other girls as well. She said:
“I just want to defend her in a graceful way. I want to stand up for my child,” she said. “Just treat people with kindness and love, and don’t be judgmental.”