A Louisiana five-year-old was allegedly pressured out of her kindergarten class at a non secular college as a result of her dad and mom are a same-sex couple.
Emily and Jennie Parker mentioned they have been knowledgeable by college officers on the Bible Baptist Academy in DeQuincy, Louisiana, throughout a gathering with the college’s director and a pastor that their same-sex relationship didn’t comply with the teachings of the college and that they would want to discover a new college for his or her daughter, Zoey.
“We received known as into the principal’s workplace for a gathering, they knowledgeable us that Zoey wouldn’t have the ability to go to high school there anymore due to our way of life decisions,” mentioned Jennifer Parker, 31, to KPLC, an area information affiliate.
Emily Parker, 28, mentioned that the assembly passed off solely two days earlier than the college 12 months began. Through the convention, she and her spouse additionally have been advised that, as a religious-based college, the college would educate college students that marriage was between a person and a girl.
The Parkers lately adopted Zoey, who’s Jennie’s niece, after her father died in a office accident in September 2020.
“She misplaced her father, she misplaced her mom and now she’s shedding her college which she loves very a lot,” mentioned Jennie to KPLC.
Zoey had beforehand attended pre-school at Bible Baptist Academy, the place, the couple advised NBC Information, Zoey had many mates and academics she favored.
The Parkers mentioned that after Zoey’s exclusion from the college, they’ve acquired widespread help from the group.
The couple additionally mentioned they’ve acquired a number of gives from different native Christian faculties for Zoey to start out her kindergarten 12 months.
“It’s a blessing in disguise,” mentioned Jennie to KPLC. “We have now a chance to carry her to a college which is somewhat nearer and it’s a brand new alternative for her to make new mates.”
Bible Baptist Academy printed a press release on their dismissal of the Parkers, writing, partly, that the college is “dedicated to instructing and residing in accordance with the teachings of Scripture.”
It added: “As a Baptist academy, we’re additionally dedicated to supply an setting that’s per the beliefs that we maintain. We would like our college students to not solely know our beliefs, however we would like them to see them as properly. Relating to private relationships, we maintain that these relationships, whether or not in courting or in marriage, ought to be between a person and a girl.”