Croydon, South London.
This past Monday, it came to light that two Christian Students had been suspended for five days last month following the accusations of using “homophobic” language when objecting to an LGBT Pride Month school assignment. It is the latest controversy to rock the school since last year when the headteacher had forced children to march in a Gay Pride parade. The school since then has had fourteen complaints from other parents about the school’s ‘aggressive’ LGBT agenda that conflicts with Christian beliefs. Still, nothing has yet changed.
In June, Farrell, sitting next to his classmate Kaysey, asked his year 5 class teacher, “Please may I be excused from taking part in this lesson?” while Papas handed out LGBT school work for coloring. The teacher denied permission stating that the LGBT lesson was part of the curriculum.
Susan Papas, The headteacher of the Heavers Farm Primary School in South London, was reported to local authorities by parents of Farrell Spence and Kaysey Francis-Austin for unlawfully excluding two 10-year-olds based on alleged anti-LGBT comments. Papas was said to have belittled the children in regards to their religious views along with humiliating them in front of the class. The students accused headteacher Papas of yelling at them in front of their peers and later calling the two children a “disappointment to the school.” Personally persecuting two innocent devout Christian children over false allegations that a “visiting teacher” had supposedly overheard. That “visiting teacher” who has not yet been identified said that “homophobic language” was allegedly used by the two stating “LGBT sucks and LGBT’s dumb,” which both children deny. Papas then separated the children in different rooms and asked Kasey: “How dare you say that you want to kill LGBT people?” Kasey replied: “I didn’t say kill.” Papas then yelled at her and said, “Yes, you did, and don’t lie.” The two students said the headteacher kept them in detention for five hours from 10 am to 3 pm.
Kaysey, a Pentecostal Christian, and Farrell, who is Catholic, deny the claims along with both their mothers confirming that they would never use such violent language. Kaysey’s mother Karen said she was ‘devastated’ by the allegations and how the situation was handled and is now looking to move her daughter to a new school.
This situation was taken to extreme measurements. A five-day exclusion is used only for the most severe incidents, including students who strike teachers, yet in this case, that is what Papas’ deemed suitable for both students. Parents of both children have written letters to the Principal Officer -citing paragraph 13 of the statutory Exclusions Guidance (2017)- “It is unlawful to exclude for a non-disciplinary reason.”
The parents also cite in their letters Section 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights, Which insists that “maintained schools must have regard to the principle that pupils are to be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.”They also cited Protocol 1, Article 2 which creates an obligation on the school to respect parents choice to raise their kids in whatever beliefs they want.
Going forward, The parents, Karen Francis-Austin and Lisa Spence, have also demanded that both children, “be excused from any further teaching or activities which involve the promotion of LGBT campaigning points.”
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