Can a student who poses with a rainbow cake really be expelled from school? One family says yes, but the school tells a different story.
A Kentucky family says a Christian school expelled their daughter after seeing a photo of her with a rainbow cake.
She received the cake, decorated in rainbow colors, for her 15th birthday party. Someone apparently showed the photo to school leaders. The family says the school then kicked her out.
But two sides tell different stories.
The school says the rainbow cake was the last straw after a string of issues. But they won’t provide specifics, probably because of obvious privacy laws.
But the child’s mother says her daughter does not identify as LGBTQ. She says she, not her daughter, ordered the cake and that it wasn’t meant to represent anything. The receipt, she said, merely states, “assorted colors.”
For one thing, this 15-year-old seems to like rainbows. In the photo, which her mother posted on Facebook, she’s wearing a sweater with a rainbow design.
However, the school apparently sees it differently. A letter reportedly claimed the photo represented “a posture of morality and cultural acceptance” that was contrary to the school’s beliefs.
Rainbows, I need hardly mention, occur in nature and are beautiful. But the gay rights movement uses rainbows as symbols.
So, naturally, some people assume that every instance of a rainbow (except for the ones in the sky) must be about homosexuality.
That would be a ridiculous assumption.
The school sent a statement to NBC News claiming it was false that the cake got the girl expelled:
“In the fall, we met with the student to give her a final chance to begin to adhere to our code of conduct. Unfortunately, she did not live up to the agreement, and therefore, has been expelled.”
In what way didn’t she live up to the agreement? Well, that’s a good question. The school reportedly told the child’s mother the photo was a factor in the dismissal.
The girl’s mother told USA Today that her daughter wears “tomboy-type clothing” from time to time and has always been athletic. She also acknowledged a school disciplinary officer found Juul pods in the girl’s backpack.
Beyond that, any other disciplinary issues, if any ever existed, are locked away in files.
Should a school be able to use a photo of a girl in a rainbow sweater sitting in front of a multi-colored cake as even a “last straw?” I suppose that depends on your beliefs and how tolerant you are.
For an event that happened outside of school and, by the parent’s account, had nothing to do with homosexuality in any way, I don’t think so.