A high school freshmen in a Kentucky Christian school has been expelled after a photo of her celebrating her 15th birthday in a rainbow sweater emerged and a colorful cake emerged online.
Kayla Kenney went out to eat at a local restaurant with her family for her birthday, and her mother, Kimberly Alford, took the photo of her daughter and posted it on social media. However, the photo caught the attention of school officials.
According to the mom, the teenager was very happy and looked beautiful. So, she took the photo, not knowing that it would cause any problems, as the family never thought that Kayla would be penalized for simply posing in a rainbow!
Dr. Bruce Jacobson, the Head of School at the private Christian school Whitefield Academy, contacted Kayla’s family and told them in an email that they’re expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media.
As it turns out, the school expelled her effective “immediately” for the photo that “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs”.
Kayla’s post, though, didn’t allude to any relation with the LGBTQ+ community and movement, which bears the rainbow flag.
Alford, Kayla’s mother, says that there was absolutely no hidden agenda or meaning behind the photo, and her daughter was just celebrating her birthday.
According to the school’s code of conduct, if a student’s off-campus behavior isn’t in line with the school’s beliefs about LGBTQ people, that student can be disciplined. The school claimed that the photo was the latest stint in two years’ worth of “lifestyle violations”.
The mother has since filed an appeal against the expulsion, and she noted that she and her daughter feel judged, and it’s just very devastating for them.
School administrators have refused to meet with Kayla and her family, even though the teenager had paid the tuition that costs $7,800 a year.