LONDON — Two 10-year-old children in the United Kingdom were reprimanded and suspended for five days over allegations that they had made “homophobic remarks” after expressing objection to a lesson for Pride Month.
According to the Christian Legal Centre, the incident took place on June 20 as a fifth grade teacher at Heavers Farm Primary School handed out a coloring sheet to his class.
“Sir, please, may I not take part in this lesson?” a boy named Farrell asked, according to a press release from the organization. The teacher advised that the lesson was a part of the curriculum and opting out was therefore not possible.
Farrell later told a visiting teacher that he does not “accept LGBT” because of his religious beliefs. He was sitting next to another student, Kaysey, who likewise objects to the lessons.
“Do you want them to die?” the teacher reportedly asked the two. They replied no.
Farrell advised, however, that if the two were to go back to their ancestral countries, homosexual behavior is not allowed there. The teacher then asked Farrell where he is from. He replied that he is of African Jamaican descent and “everybody is Christian and Catholic, so they don’t accept LGBT.”
When the head teacher, Susan Papas, learned of the matter, she allegedly became upset and shouted at the two in front of the class. Kaysey states that Papas also rebuked them privately by stating, “How dare you? You are a disappointment to the school.”
Kaysey says that she was put in a room where she was again confronted.
“How dare you say that you want to kill LGBT people?” she quotes Papas as stating.
“I didn’t say kill,” Kaysey replied.
“Yes, you did, and don’t lie,” Papas responded.
Kaysey, a Pentecostal, was placed in detention and suspended for five days. Farrell, a Roman Catholic, was also suspended, including over allegations that he said that “LGBT’s dumb,” which he denies.
The parents of both children, Karen Francis-Austin and Lisa Spence, have now contacted the Principal Officer for Exclusions Prevention to complain about how their children were treated, and point to suspension (exclusion) guidelines, which require the head teacher to “apply the civil standard of proof” that the students committed wrongdoing.
They also state that the punishment is disproportionate to the “age, maturity, religious and cultural background” of the children. The mothers have asked that their children be excused from any further lessons on homosexuality and transgenderism.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:1—7).