A Kentucky teenager has been thrown out of her Christian school following celebrating her birthday with a rainbow cake and wearing a rainbow top.
According to reports by Wave3 News, Kayla Kenney celebrated her 15th birthday at a restaurant with her family, however, following her mother Kimberly Alford, innocently posted a photo of the happy occasion on social media, Kimberly was soon informed via email of her expulsion from school.
The photo which was spotted by a staff member from the student’s private Christian high school, Whitefield Academy, reportedly took offence at the picture, which featured a smiling Kayla wearing a top with rainbow colours sitting behind a rainbow coloured birthday cake.
According to the Head of School, Dr Bruce Jacobson, Kayla was expelled “due to a continued breach of the Whitefield code of conduct.”
He said that the photo “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.”
It’s understood that Kayla was thrown out because she breached the school’s code on sexual orientation.
Kimberly, however, insisted that the rainbow colours were not meant to be a statement on sexuality or LGBTI+ issues, instead saying, “She loves to laugh and dance and that’s just her. There was nothing intended by that and even when I went back and got the receipt from the bakery, it didn’t say anything about representation, it just said assorted colours.”
Despite Kimberly’s response, the school has refused to reverse its decision or meet with the family, however, did agree to change the expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal.
Kayla has since moved to a new school but Kimberly noted that the experience had a profoundly negative impact on her daughter.
“I feel judged, she feels judged, just very devastating for us,” she said.