Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

School expels teen after she posed with rainbow cake

School expels teen after she posed with rainbow cake

Kenney was celebrating her 15th birthday at a restaurant with her family in late December with a smile on her face.

'She was happy, she looked handsome.

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 Washington Post reports that on January 6, the head of Whitefield Academy, Bruce Jacobson, emailed the family to say that Kenney was expelled because of the picture with the rainbow birthday cake.

The school's principal Jacobson told The Courier Journal that Alford's daughter was expelled after "two years of continuous violations" of the student code of conduct.

"Inaccurate media reports are circling stating that the student in question was expelled from our school exclusively for a social media post", the statement said. "I feel judged, she feels judged, very just devastating for us", she said.

Alford has said that the shirt and cake were not used to make a statement about orientation and that her daughter is not gay.

In the academy's parent and student handbook from the 2017-18 school year, a section titled "Statement on Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender Identity" specifically states that "sexual immorality, (including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct...)" and "advocacy of sexual immorality" are sinful.

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Kayla has since joined a public school in the area.

"I just want her to be true to who she is", the mother said.

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.

"All the families of students know that they have expectations they need to (follow)". Alford noted that until the expulsion, the Whitefield Academy Parent Teacher Fellowship had a rainbow prominently displayed on its private page. For example, Alford claims that a school counselor even gave Kayla the book "Gay Girl, Good God", whose author, Jackie Hill Perry, has stated that God stopped her from being gay.

The Kentucky school is pushing back- calling it "inaccurate" that the student was expelled exclusively for the social media post. Alford acknowledged in an interview with the Courier-Journal that her daughter could have been expelled with one more behavior issue but contended that Kenney had gone months without any problems.

"You know we teach our kids what would Jesus do, what would he do here", said Alford.

The photo was soon shared with Whitefield Academy staff, who weren't impressed.

Kenney is now enrolled in a public school. 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.

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