By Michal Ortner
A Kindergarten age girl was told that she could no longer attend Mt. Erie Christian Academy after the administration discovered that she had two mothers. The girl attended the San Diego, CA preschool and summer day school but was not allowed to continue into kindergarten for the fall session.
The child’s mothers were called into the office of the pastor before the first day of school and told that their daughter could no longer attend.
“It was heartbreaking,” Sheena, one of the mothers, stated. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that.”
“They told us, ‘Oh, this is not about your child,’ but it is about my child,” she added.
The women say that they plan to obtain a lawyer and take up a civil rights lawsuit against Mt. Erie. When contacted about their actions, the school stood by their decision to remove the child.
“The Bible says homos*xuality is a sin. We don’t condone any sinful lifestyles,” one of the school’s directors stated.
Over the summer, Mt. Erie changed their admission policies which included their right to “refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student.”
The school’s handbook explains that could include “but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting s*xual immorality; practicing homos*xual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school.”
“If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn’t condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there,” Sheena stated. “I would never put my child’s emotional well-being in an unstable setting like that.”
“I want my baby to be safe when she grows up. I don’t want her to ever have to be discriminated against because of her lifestyle. That’s not fair,” the mother said.
An attorney out of San Diego, Eugene Iredale, says that Mt. Erie is a private institution and has the First Amendment right to be selective about the members of their student body based on religious beliefs. This does not sit well with the same-gender couple who says they are prepared to battle for their own rights.