A LifeSiteNews petition supporting two British children suspended from school for their Christian faith has attracted more than 11,000 signatures.
Ten-year-old Kaysey and Farrell are both pupils of Heavers Farm Primary School in Croydon, a neighbourhood in South London. Last month, the children, a girl and a boy, asked their teacher if they could be excused from a lesson in which they were asked to color in LGBT “Pride Month” material. Although the children cited their religious objections, he refused and afterward allegedly accused them of “homophobic language.”
According to Christian Concern, a legal advocacy group, Farrell was accused of having said “LGBT sucks and LGBT’s dumb,” which he denies. The teacher asked the children if they wanted LGBT people to die, and they said that they didn’t. They said, however, that in their countries of origin they would be punished for being gay.
Kaysey says that, following this incident, Susan Papas, the head teacher, or principal, of Heavers Farm Primary School, shouted at the children in front of the class, calling them “a disappointment to the school.” Papas then interrogated them in separate rooms, accusing Kasey of saying she wanted to kill LGBT people. Kasey denied this but was made to sit in detention from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The children were subsequently suspended from school for five days.
Papas, 59, was previously in the news for forcing children as young as four to participate in last year’s mandatory school Pride events. When Izoduwa “Izzy” Adhedo (also known as Izoduwa Montague), a Christian, met with school staff to object to her five-year-old son having to take part, her child was given four hours of detention and she herself was barred from entering the school.
During the meeting, Adhedo was confronted by Papas’ adult daughter, who was wearing a T-shirt reading “‘Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic, when you can just be quiet?’”
The following March, Adhedo announced her intention to sue the governors of Heavers Farm Primary School for a “five-figure sum.”
Adhedo was only one of a group of parents who complained that their children were compelled to take part in the June 29, 2018 “Proud to be Me” event. Ruth Anderson, one of the mothers, told the Croydon Advertiser that the 2018 event was sold to the parents as a celebration of self-esteem.
“We were given this whole story that it was all about having pride in yourself, but that’s ridiculous,” Anderson said.
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SOURCE: Lifesite News, Dorothy Cummings McLean