Delanie Shelton is a mom of an eight-year old girl who was thrown out of a Christian school after she told another female student that she fancied her. The mom told CNN that Chloe, goes to second grade at Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Oklahoma. Reportedly, she told another female student that she had a crush on her last week. As a result, however, the girl was immediately removed from the playground of the school and was forced to spend the next few hours in the principal’s office and missed class time.
The mom was later told by the school administrators not to bring her daughter back to school until Friday.
Delanie said that the vice principal had told Chloe that the Bible says that women can only have children with a man, and asked the mom how she felt about girls liking girls. The mom told her that she sees no issue with it, but the next day, the school’s superintendent called the mom and told her that the school was ‘ending their partnership’ with the Shelton family. Consequently, the school expelled their five-year-old son too!
Delanie asked the school for more specific information, but the superintendent told her that her beliefs didn’t align with the school’s beliefs.
The mom said that she was very angry, hurt, betrayed, and sad, and she asked the superintendent to have a sit-down meeting and discuss the process. However, he refused and said that there’s ‘nothing more to be discussed’.
Joel Pepin, the school’s superintendent, refused to publicly comment on the issue with CNN, but said in a statement:
“Due to privacy and other factors, it is the school’s policy to refrain from public comments regarding any particular student or family.”
The school’s handbook says that students that don’t ‘conform to the standards and ideals of work and life at the school will forfeit the privilege of attendance’.
Delanie has since defended her daughter and said that it wasn’t a relationship nor a practice, but just a crush – of an eight-year-old!
Thankfully, Chloe has received more than 150 messages of love and support after she was expelled from her school.