Schoolgirl, 15, is forbidden from the Christian Academy for wearing a proud sweater and posing for a rainbow cake on her birthday
- First-year student Kayla Kenney from Kentucky, 15, was kicked out of her private Christian school because they pose in a rainbow shirt with a birthday cake with rainbow
- Her mother posted a photo of Kayla who celebrated her birthday on social media
- The video caught the attention of Whitfield Academy officials
- On January 6, the headmaster sent her family an email informing them that she had been deported
- The school said the photo “shows an attitude of morality and cultural acceptance as opposed to Whitefield Academy beliefs”
- Kayla’s family said there was no hidden meaning behind the rainbows in the photo, although they could be interpreted as LGBTQ Pride symbols
- School policy allows it to expel students for behavior that is not in line with its beliefs
A freshman from Kentucky was expelled from her Christian school after a photo of her 15th birthday in a rainbow sweater with a colorful cake was uploaded on social media.
It was a happy day for Kayla Kenney, who went out to dinner with her family at a local restaurant for her birthday.
Her mother Kimberly Alford took a photo of her daughter and posted it on social media, where it caught the attention of school officials.
“She was happy, she looked beautiful. You know, of course as a mother, I took her photo of blowing out her candles and I posted that on my Facebook page, “Alford said to wave3.
However, the family never thought Kayla would be punished because she only posed in the rainbow.
First-year freshman Kayla Kenney from Kentucky was kicked out of her private Christian school because on her birthday she was posing in a rainbow shirt with a rainbow cake
The school said the photo “shows an attitude of morality and cultural acceptance as opposed to Whitefield Academy beliefs.” Kayla’s family, however, said there was no special meaning behind her rainbow shirt and cake
A few days after the photo was posted, Dr. Bruce Jacobson, the head of the school at the Whitefield Academy private Christian school, contacted Kayla’s family on January 6.
“It was an email that immediately drove Kayla out of Whitefield because of a message on social media,” Alford said.
The school effectively dispelled it ‘immediately’ for the image that ‘shows an attitude of morality and cultural acceptance as opposed to that of the Whitefield Academy beliefs’.
However, Kayla’s message did not refer to any relationship with the LGBTQ Pride movement, which bears the rainbow flag symbol.
Alford says there was no hidden agenda or meaning behind the photo – her daughter was just celebrating her birthday.
“[Kayla] loves to laugh and dance and that’s just her. Nothing was meant by that, and even when I went back and got the receipt from the bakery, it said nothing about the display, it just said different colors. ”
Whitfield Academy is a Christian private school with tuition of $ 7,800 per year. The school’s code of conduct relates to sexual orientation and says that if the behavior of a student outside the campus is not in line with the beliefs of the school, that student can be disciplined
A few days after Kayla’s birthday photo was posted online, Dr. Bruce Jacobson, the head of the school at the Whitefield Academy private Christian school, contacted Kayla’s family on January 6 with her removal notice.
Kayla’s family has appealed the expulsion. She is now going to a public school. Kayla depicted with mother Kimberly Alford
The school’s code of conduct focuses on sexual orientation and says that if a student’s behavior outside the campus is not in line with the school’s beliefs, that student can be disciplined.
The school claimed that the photo was the last time in two years worth of “life style violations.”
Alford says she doesn’t know how the school came to her conclusion and appealed the removal.
“I feel condemned, she feels condemned, just very destructive to us,” Alford said.
“You know we are teaching our children what Jesus would do, what would he do here?” she added.
However, school administrators refused to meet Kayla and her family. Kayla was freshman at the school, where tuition costs $ 7,800 a year.
The school agreed to voluntarily include its withdrawal from the school so that it will not appear on its report. Kayla is now attending a public school.