Kentucky Christian School Expels Teen for a Rainbow Sweater and Colourful Cake

Published January 15th, 2020 - 08:18 GMT
The school said the photo 'demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs'. (Facebook/Kimberly Alford)
The school said the photo 'demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs'. (Facebook/Kimberly Alford)
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Her mom posted a photo of Kayla celebrating her birthday on social media

A Kentucky high school freshman was expelled from her Christian school after a photo of her celebrating 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 eat at a local restaurant with her family for her birthday. 

Her mother Kimberly Alford snapped 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 mom, I took her picture of her blowing out her candles and I posted that on my Facebook page,' Alford said to WAVE3. 

However, the family never thought that Kayla would be penalized for simply posing in rainbow. 

A few days after the photo was posted Dr. Bruce Jacobson, the Head of School at the private Christian school Whitefield Academy, contacted Kayla's family on January 6. 

'It was an email expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media,' Alford said.  

The school expelled her effective 'immediately' for the picture that 'demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs.' 

However, Kayla's post didn't allude to any relation with the LGBTQ Pride movement, which bears the rainbow flag symbol. 

 

Alford says there was no hidden agenda or meaning behind the picture - her daughter was simply celebrating her birthday. 

'[Kayla] loves to laugh and dance and that's just her. There was nothing intended by that and even when I went back and got the receipt from the bakery, it didn't say anything about representation, it just said assorted colors.'  

A few days after the photo was posted Dr. Bruce Jacobson, the Head of School at the private Christian school Whitefield Academy, contacted Kayla's family on January 6. 

'It was an email expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media,' Alford said.  

The school expelled her effective 'immediately' for the picture that 'demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs.' 

However, Kayla's post didn't allude to any relation with the LGBTQ Pride movement, which bears the rainbow flag symbol. 

Alford says there was no hidden agenda or meaning behind the picture - her daughter was simply celebrating her birthday. 

'[Kayla] loves to laugh and dance and that's just her. There was nothing intended by that and even when I went back and got the receipt from the bakery, it didn't say anything about representation, it just said assorted colors.'  

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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