Christian School Expels Straight Girl Over Her Rainbow Birthday Cake and Rainbow Shirt
Freshman Kayla Kenney was reportedly expelled by Whitefield Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, after celebrating her 15th birthday with family at a restaurant in late December 2019.
Kayla’s mother, Kimberly Alford, posted a picture from the birthday party on Facebook, which showed Kayla wearing a rainbow shirt and sitting next to her rainbow-themed cake in December 2019.
After the picture was shared with the school on social media, Alford told WAVE that she was contacted by Head of School Dr. Bruce Jacobson:
It was an email expelling Kayla from Whitefield immediately due to a post on social media. I feel judged, she feels judged, just very devastating for us.
She loves to laugh and dance and that’s just her. There was nothing intended by that and even when I went back and got the receipt from the bakery, it didn’t say anything about representation, it just said assorted colors.
In the email, Dr. Jacobson claimed without evidence that the picture “demonstrates a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs.”
Alford told the Louisville Courier Journal that her daughter is not gay and bakery receipt noted the cakew as “assorted colors.”
Jacobson claimed the expulsion came after “two years of continuous violations of our student code of conduct,” but did not provide any evidence of his claim.
Alford said she and her daughter had met with school officials in October 2019 October after Juul pods were found in the girl’s backpack.
Alford recalled that everyone agreed that her daughter “would be on probation.”
Alford said the Christian school refused to meet with her, but agreed to change the expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal so it’s not on Kayla’s record anymore.