Kentucky student expelled from private Christian school over rainbow shirt and cake, mom claims

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Kimberly Alford said that her daughter Kayla's shirt and cake were not intended to make any statement.

A high school student from Louisville, Kentucky, says she was expelled for a photo of her posing with her birthday cake, because the cake and sweater she wore were decorated with rainbows.

However, the private Christian school denies the accusations and states that there is more in history.

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Kayla Kenney was celebrating her fifteenth birthday with her family when her mother, Kimberly Alford, took a picture of Kenney smiling with her cake and posted the photo on Facebook.

"I was happy, it looked beautiful," Alford told WAVE.

Alford said that shortly after posting the photo, the head of Whitefield Academy, Dr. Bruce Jacobson, contacted her and informed her that Kenney, who had been attending private school for four years, was expelled for social networks. Send.

Kimberly Alford said that her daughter Kayla's shirt and cake were not intended to make any statement.

Kimberly Alford said that her daughter Kayla's shirt and cake were not intended to make any statement.
(Kimberly Alford)

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According to Alford, she states that the school informed her that the color of her daughter's cake and the sweater she was wearing was "show[ing] a position of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy beliefs. "Rainbow is often used as a symbol of LGBTQ +.

Alford has said that the shirt and cake were not used to make a statement about the orientation and that his daughter is not gay.

"There was nothing planned by [the rainbow color], and even when I came back and received the receipt from the bakery, I didn't say anything about representation, I just said different colors, "Alford told WAVE.

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In a statement to Fox News, the school, however, argues that the decision was not "solely for publication on social networks", but due to violations of the student's code of conduct "numerous times in the past two years."

“In the fall, we met with the student to give her a final opportunity to start adhering to our code of conduct. Unfortunately, she did not live up to the agreement and therefore was expelled, ”said the statement.

“Whitefield Academy is a Christian-based school with a 43-year history of student education in a learning environment informed by our shared Christian values. All parents who enroll their children in our private school know in advance that we ask students to adhere to a lifestyle informed by our Christian beliefs. "

The school did not explicitly state what the "numerous" violations were, or whether they occurred on campus or outside of school. According to the Whitefield Academy Code of Conduct, students may be punished for "lifestyle violations" that occur off campus.

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Alford says the school would not meet her, but changed the expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal. Since then, the mother enrolled Kenney in public school, but is appealing expulsion in Whitefield.

"You know we teach our children" what would Jesus do? "Alford told WAVE." What would he do here? "

Kimberly Alford was not immediately available to speak when she was contacted.