Teenager expelled from Christian school for posing with rainbow cake

Clay Curtis
January 17, 2020

She was very upset because she thought: 'All my friends are going back to school in the morning, and I don't have anywhere to go, ' " Alford recalled.

"She was happy, she looked attractive!"

The family says that she celebrated her fifteenth birthday with a rainbow colored cake while wearing a rainbow design on her shirt.

Kimberly Alford, Kayla's mother, appealed the school's decision - but it was rejected.

According to the mother, the email claimed that this was the last straw after two years of "lifestyle violations" by her daughter, and that the image "demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs". "The only celebration that was taking place was my daughter's 15th birthday".

The post was shared with the staff at Kayla's school.

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

The school's code of conduct does extend to student's off-campus behavior.

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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. Following the meeting, her daughter was on probation.

The Kentucky school is pushing back - calling it "inaccurate" that the student was expelled exclusively for the social media post.

The family says the cause was the rainbow colored cake and the shirt, which are taken as symbols of support for the LGBT political cause, but the school says that was the tip of the iceberg.

"You know we teach our kids what would Jesus do, What would he do here?" she said. 'There have been no disciplinary issues. In a statement released to ABC News, Whitefield Academy said that the photo - which they interpreted to have LGBTQ themes - was just part of the reason why the teenager was kicked out.

"All parents who enroll their children in our private school know up front that we ask the students to adhere to a lifestyle informed by our Christian beliefs". A few days later, Alford was contacted by the head of the school, Dr. Bruce Jacobson.

In these cases, the handbook notes, the school has the right to refuse admission or discontinue the enrollment of a current student.

"Our code of conduct is on par with other private Christian schools in our area", the school wrote in its statement Tuesday.

"I just feel like it's a label (school officials) have put on her". The school administration has also refused to meet with Kayla and her family, however, they have agreed to list her withdrawal from the school as voluntary so it won't show on her school record. "It is unfortunate that one of the student's parents chose to post internal family matters on social media, and we hope our former student is not adversely affected by what her parents chose to make public about her situation". "Who determines what's Christ-like?" said Alford to the Post.

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