We hear stories all of the time about private schools behaving badly, but this story really takes the (rainbow-themed) cake.
You’re probably aware, of course, that rainbows are used to show pride in and celebrate the LGBTQ community – but also they are rainbows. They are happy-making, and people generally just like them.
According to one school in Kentucky, you’re not allowed to like rainbows (or LGBTQ people, I suppose) and still attend their institution.
According to an article in The Washington Post, Kimberly Alford ordered a cake for her daughter’s 15th birthday party and asked the bakery to make the colors “pop.” The bakery interpreted the request by designing a really pretty rainbow cake.
Her daughter Kayla loved it, donned a matching rainbow shirt, and enjoyed her birthday.
But when the images were shared online, all hell broke loose.
Kayla was expelled from her private Christian school. Here’s text from the official email:
“The WA Administration has been made aware of a recent picture, posted on social media, which demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs. We made it clear that any further promotion, celebration or any other action and attitudes counter to Whitefield’s philosophy will not be tolerated.”
Call me crazy, but a school that’s founded on a religion that encourages its followers to “love thy neighbor as thyself” should try being a bit more tolerant toward, you know. Their neighbor.
A few random thoughts.
1. The rainbow was a symbol
of a promise from God.
2. Her shirt reminds me of a very popular style in the 80’s. We all wore them!
— Julespdx72 (@Julespdx72) January 16, 2020
Also, this was just a rainbow-themed birthday, not a coming out party, so what exactly is the problem?
Kimberly did admit that her daughter had been in trouble previously for minor infractions like smoking an e-cig and skipping lunch, but the fact that the school used her rainbow cake as the reason to pull the plug is completely silly.
The shirt doesn’t even have the correct pattern of colors to be the pride flag. pic.twitter.com/Pg83wsRwHs
— Chief Bubbles – CODE CBUB ROGUE ENERGY/FADE GRIPS (@ChfBubles) January 16, 2020
And, you know, hateful and dangerous.
People online were quick to call out this injustice and intolerance for exactly what it was, but of course, the school is not planning to exit the trench where they’ve dug in their heels anytime soon.
Maybe…. she just likes….. rainbows? pic.twitter.com/l9WQHlc0QQ
— Vintage_Smartass? (@aquaseafoamdame) January 16, 2020
Kentucky “Christian“ school expels God for this profane display: pic.twitter.com/z3eJ3P6DiL
— this is not normal (@Marmas110189) January 16, 2020
Hey, KY Christian School:
Get your Bibles out & turn to Genesis 9: 13-17. God created rainbows as a sign of His covenant that He would never again destroy all life with a flood. LGBTs DO NOT OWN THE IDEA OF RAINBOWS…GOD DOES! pic.twitter.com/0G7FvjDg51
— Christine E (@ChristineMarieB) January 16, 2020
What do the school officials do when they see a rainbow in the sky? Shoot at it?
— mac ? (@everclaire13) January 16, 2020
Do you think private schools should be able to take actions like this without repercussions? Do you think rainbows are so politically-charged that they can’t be enjoyed for simply being beautiful?
Sound off in the comments!