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Reports: Kentucky School Tosses Student for Rainbow Cake 'Lifestyle Violation'

Wednesday Jan 15, 2020
Kayla Kenney, 15, is pictured here with The Cake of Expulsion
Kayla Kenney, 15, is pictured here with The Cake of Expulsion  (Source:Kimberly Alford)

A Kentucky teen's family alleges that the Christian school the girl attended expelled her for the "lifestyle violation" of posing with a rainbow-colored birthday cake - a confection that the school's head reportedly said "just kind of represents gay pride," reported local newspaper the Courier Journal.

But the student's purported parade of horrors didn't stop with what the bakery that made the cake called a treat with "assorted colors." It got worse - so much worse. The student was also seen in the very same photo to be wearing a shirt with a rainbow design across the front.

What some might have taken as nothing more than a fondness for bright hues - or, for that matter, the Biblical story of the rainbow as a sign of God's "covenant" with humanity following the mythical destruction of the entire world through a cataclysmic, global flood - was, the report indicated, all that the officials at Whitefield Academy, where 15-year-old Kayla Kenney was a freshman, needed to see. The family maintains that Kayla was expelled via email after the school's administrators were tipped to the photo having been posted on social media. In the email, the family said, school head Bruce Jacobson referenced the photo as the reason for Kayla's expulsion, and suggested that the prevalence of the rainbow motif "demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs."

The student's mother, Kimberly Alford - who was the one who shared the photo online - told the media that the email from Jacobson said the school was "expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media."

Added Alford, "I feel judged, she feels judged, just very devastating for us," reported Wave 3 News.

Wave 3 News included an image of a letter from the school's assistant principal, Derek R. Hopperton. The letter stated that the expulsion was effective January 6, 2020, and cited "a continued breach of the Whitefield code of conduct, which was discussed in-person on October 17, 2019."

Alford told the media that the meeting in question was about her daughter having possessed Juul pods.

The school bit back at Alford when journalists began to look into the expulsion, issuing a statement that said, "Inaccurate media reports are circling stating that the student in question was expelled from our school solely for a social media post."

Added the statement, "In fact, she has unfortunately violated our student code of conduct numerous times over the past two years."

The statement went on to say: "It is unfortunate that one of the student's parents chose to post internal family matters on social media, and we hope our former student is not adversely affected by what her parents chose to make public about her situation."

But Alford maintains that the rainbow-themed birthday photo was the reason her daughter was tossed from the school.

"Since October, there have been no disciplinary issues," she told the press. "There have been no academic issues. There has been nothing."

Nothing, evidently, except all those oh-so-gay bright hues.

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