An eight year-old girl was expelled from her school for telling another girl she had a ‘crush’ on her in the playground. Chloe Shelton was ousted from Rejoice Christian Schools near Tulsa, Oklahoma, earlier this month – with her mother Delanie ordered to come and pick her up after she made the remark in the playground.
Recalling what happened when she arrived at the school, Delanie said: ‘(Chloe) said the vice principal sat her down and says the Bible says you can only marry a man and have children with a man. My daughter was crying saying “Does God still love me?”‘
Delanie added: ‘The vice principal asked me how do I feel like girls liking girls and I said if we’re being honest, I think it’s okay for girls to like girls and she looked shocked and appalled.’
The Sheltons were then called by the school to say bosses there were terminating ‘their partnership’ with the family, meaning Chloe’s five year-old brother also had to leave.
Delanie continued: ‘I asked for specifics, to which I was told that my “beliefs” do not line up with theirs. I asked him to have a sit down meeting with our family to which he refused and said there was “nothing more to be discussed.” I told him that my beliefs had nothing to do with my children’s education.
‘He scoffed and say, “Oh, but they do.”‘ I was heartbroken, betrayed, angry and hurt. My daughter asked me, “Why are they doing this to us, mommy?”‘
After the initial upset, Chloe said the outpouring of support has left her feeling ‘loved and supported.’
She is ‘excited’ to start her new school, with some of her neighbors set to erect yard signs to show their support.
A spokesman for Rejoice referred reporters to their handbook, which said the school prohibited ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ relationship – but with no indication that those were grounds for expulsion, Fox23 reported.
Stung by the worsening scandal, Rejoice has since released another statement claiming they cannot comment on Chloe’s case for privacy reasons.
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