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Two 10-Year-Olds Suspended from School for Wanting to Opt Out of LGBT Lessons

London, UK headmistress suspends two Christian students for 'homophobia'

 on 3rd July 2019 @ 12.00pm
two christian children requested they not participate in lgbt lessons  but were suspended by the school for  homophobia © press
Two Christian children requested they not participate in LGBT lessons, but were suspended by the school for 'homophobia'

The headmistress of a school in London, UK, has suspended two ten-year-old Christian students for "homophobia" after they asked if they could opt out of an LGBT lesson during “Gay Pride Month.”

The headteacher of Heavers Farm Primary School, Susan Papas, punished the two students after one of them asked their teacher for permission to not participate in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender class.

Papas, who declared it mandatory for schoolchildren to participate in a “Gay Pride” parade last year, told the two young pupils, who are both of African descent, they are “a disappointment to the school,” according to a Monday report by Christian Concern.

The school came under fire last year after angry parents discovered their children were being taught about LGBT issues without their consent.

One mother said she found it astonishing that pupils would be taught what lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender mean before the children had been given general sex education lessons.

The mother said the school had not asked parents of young students if they would be happy for their children to be taught lessons on the subject.

Headteacher Papas responded to the outrage saying: "We have a number of children in LGBT families, and we feel that it is important that they feel valued in our schools."

"We are not teaching this as part of our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) program, and as such we do not need to seek consent from the parents," she added.

heavers farm primary school has come under fire for its policy on lgbt lessons for children © press
Heavers Farm Primary School has come under fire for its policy on LGBT lessons for children

According to Breitbart, on June 20 this year, pupil Farrell Spence asked his teacher Alex Smith for permission not to take part in a lesson when Mr. Smith handed out LGBT material for coloring.

The teacher denied the request, insisting that the LGBT lesson was part of the curriculum.

After class, Mr. Smith allegedly accused Farrell of using “homophobic language” and saying, “LGBT sucks and LGBT’s dumb,” which the child categorically denies.

Farrell, a Catholic, was sitting with his classmate Kaysey Francis, a Pentecostal Christian, and told another teacher he did not “accept LGBT” because of his religion.

The teacher reportedly asked the two children, “Do you want LGBT people to die?”

“We said no,” Farrell replied but added that if they went back to their countries, they would be punished for being gay.

The teacher asked Farrell where he was from and the boy responded that he was of “African Jamaican” heritage, and there “everybody is Christian and Catholic, so they don’t accept LGBT.”

Later, headteacher Papas reportedly called in the two children and shouted at them: “How dare you? You are a disappointment to the school.”

Ms. Papas, whose daughter Attie is a lesbian and the School Manager, next put the children in separate rooms and scolded Kaysey: “How dare you say that you want to kill LGBT people?”

Kaysey replied: “I didn’t say kill.”

Ms. Papas then shouted at her and said, “Yes, you did, and don’t lie,” later sending the girl to detention from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The head teacher later suspended both Kaysey and Farrell from school for five days.

Heavers Farmer Primary School educates 750 pupils in a multicultural and multi-religious borough of South London.

Along with the School Manager, the Assistant Headteacher Robert Askey is also openly gay.

The mothers of the two children complained to the Principal Officer, citing school regulations that state it is unlawful to suspend a student for “a non-disciplinary reason.”

The parents insist their children did not make homophobic comments and have accused the headteacher of failing “to eliminate discrimination based on religion or belief.”

They also cited the European Convention of Human Rights, saying it requires that schools respect the manner in which parents seek to raise their children in accordance with their Christian faith.

headteacher susan papas told the children they are  a disappointment to the school © press
Headteacher Susan Papas told the children they are 'a disappointment to the school'

This is not the first run-in the school and its headteacher has faced over LGBT activism.

In June 2018, the school organized a “Gay Pride” parade in its playground, posting rainbow flags around the school, and telling students to wear bright colors for the event.

Ms. Papas also invited parents to watch the “Proud to be Me!” parade and join in celebrating “the rainbow of things that make them and their family special.”

At that time, 14 Christian parents complained that Papas was “forcing a very aggressive LGBT agenda on to young children in a manner which abuses parental rights and victimizes parents.”

In response, Papas declared she was standing against homophobia: “We stand by our decision to celebrate national Pride Month by teaching British values.”

Izoduwa Montague, the mother of one of the students and a Christian, refused to allow her four-year-old son to take part in the parade and complained to the Education Secretary that the school had embarked on “systematic proselytism of its young and vulnerable pupils.”

Montague says she felt “bullied” after she complained that her child was “forced to take part in an event that goes against our Christian beliefs,” and later transferred her child to a Catholic school.

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