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Oklahoma Religious School Expels Second-Grader

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 1, 2021

No honey… God does not love you.

Neither do His people.

Public tax dollars should NOT go to religious or private K-12 schools.

Period.


Second-Grader Expelled Over ‘Crush’ On Girl At Owasso Private School, Thankful For Community Support

By: Tanya Modersitzki, FOX23 News
Updated: January 27, 2021 – 7:07 AM

OWASSO, Okla. — Delanie Shelton said her 8-year-old daughter, Chloe was kicked out of Rejoice Christian School in Owasso because Chloe told another girl she had a crush on her.

“[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,” Shelton said. “My daughter was crying saying ‘Does God still love me?’”

Chloe Shelton, a 2nd grader at Rejoice Schools in Owasso, Oklahoma (a private, so-called “Christian” school system), was expelled for saying that she had a girl crush on another little girl.

Rejoice Christian Schools told Shelton they don’t condone boyfriend/girlfriend relationships on campus, but in the student handbook it doesn’t say it’s grounds for expulsion.

“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,” Shelton said.

Shelton said she is raising her family to not judge and love whomever you want.

Rejoice initially cited the school’s student handbook and policy, before releasing the following statement:

“Due to privacy and other factors, it is the school’s policy to refrain from public comments regarding any particular student or family.”
– Rejoice Christian School Superintendent Joel Pepin

“They ripped my kids out of the only school they’ve ever really known away from their teachers and friends they’ve had over the past four years over something my daughter probably doesn’t know or fully understand,” Shelton said.

FOX23′s Tanya Modersitzki talked to Chloe after she’d received an outpouring of support from the community following the telling of her story.

“I feel so loved and supported, thank you so much to everyone who helped me feel better for being who I am,” Chloe said.

She says she felt sad, angry and disappointed when she was expelled.

Morgan Allen with Oklahomans for Equality told FOX23 that no school — Christian school or not — should make a child feel that way.

“The hardest thing about this is we’re telling children that it’s wrong to love that it is bad to feel,” Allen said.

“And the worst part is coming from a Christian school we are saying God doesn’t love you for who you are, and that is not true.”

The neighborhood across from Rejoice planned a showing of support for Chloe on Saturday, where they’ll post signs in their lawns for her family to drive by and see.

A local attorney says the school could have left itself open to legal action.
https://www.fox23.com/news/local/owasso-second-grader-expelled-telling-another-girl-she-had-crush-her/5Q34TNAAFFB3DPPNC77GOOLSRQ/


Owasso Second-Grader Reportedly Expelled From Private Christian School Over A Girl Crush

by Ethan Hutchins, KTUL Staff
Wednesday, January 27th 2021

OWASSO, Okla. (KTUL) — An 8-year-old girl reportedly being expelled from a private Christian school over a girl crush has the Owasso community talking.

The girl’s mother says her daughter had been attending Rejoice Christian Schools but says their family is not allowed to return.

A second-grader kicked out of a private Christian school for liking another girl.

That’s what Delanie Shelton says happened to her 8-year-old daughter.

“She was upset and crying and asking me if God still loves me if she is wrong for the way that she feels,” said mother Delanie Shelton.

The Owasso mother says Rejoice Christian Schools, where they’ve been enrolled for several years, expelled her daughter Chloe for telling her classmate she had a crush on her.

A move that’s left her shocked.

“The superintendent called me and let me know that they would be ending their partnership with our family,” said Shelton.

Shelton says what makes her most upset is the discussion with the school.

She says her daughter is too young to comprehend same-sex relationships but says the school made her feel ashamed.

“I don’t believe that my daughter should have been ripped out of the only school that they’ve known for the past several years,” said Shelton.

Now the family is looking for a new school to go to during the middle of a pandemic.

Chloe’s story has received a lot of attention, including a local pastor who says the school could have handled the situation better.

“My thoughts and beliefs would be that the school would want a good relationship with the parents, I imagine the parents are hurt,” said Pastor Scott Carlson.

Pastor Scott Carlson follows the Bible and says he has beliefs about relationships.

“Hopefully the parents understood where the school stood on these issues before they enrolled their child,” said Carlson.

As for Shelton, she says this unfortunate outcome has provided her a teachable moment with her daughter.

“Whatever makes people happy they should be allowed to do,” said Shelton.

An Oklahoma mother open to choice; leaving a school with reportedly a very clear stance.

We reached out to Rejoice Christian Schools but our calls were not returned.

https://ktul.com/news/local/owasso-second-grader-reportedly-expelled-from-private-christian-school-over-a-girl-crush

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