Monday 23 April 2018

Girl (5) allegedly barred from returning to school because she has two moms

Mt Erie Christian Academy says it is a 'Christian school' Credit: Mt Erie Christian Academy
Mt Erie Christian Academy says it is a 'Christian school' Credit: Mt Erie Christian Academy

David Kearns

A five-year-old girl was barred from her pre-school when it was discovered her parents were lesbians.

The little girl was "dismissed" from Mt Erie Christian Academy in San Diego, California, shortly before the new school year after the school learned she was being raised by two women, her parents allege.

“I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that,” one of the mothers told news channel KGTV.

“They told us, ‘oh this is not about your child,’ but it is about my child.”

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When contacted by the station, a woman, who described herself as the school’s director, said the girl was dismissed “due to a review of her application”.

But added that: “The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don’t condone any sinful lifestyles.”

The school’s handbook claims the school has the right to refuse admission to students or discontinue enrolment under certain circumstances.

It allegedly states: “This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practising homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school.”

The school also claims it is protected under the First Amendment of the United States to refuse membership based on religious beliefs because it is a private rather than a public institution.

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The 5-year-old girl had attended both preschool and summer school offerings at the academy, but was reportedly denied permission to enrol in kindergarten classes once the school was made aware her parents were lesbian.

Her mothers are now filing a civil rights lawsuit against Mt. Erie Christian Academy, KGTV reports.

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