Christian school says gay and trans students will be asked to leave

A Christian school in Florida said gay and trans students would be asked to “leave school immediately”.

Grace Christian School in Valrico insisted that other Christian schools in Florida had similar policies that did not welcome LGBTQI students.

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“It is true that a student cannot come to our school, knowingly for us, and be transgender or homosexual. It is rooted in scripture,” the school administrator said. and Pastor Barry McKeen claimed in a video defending the policy following media reports.

“God has spoken about these issues, explicitly, aggressively, and we’ve had these policies in our school since day one in the early 1970s. It’s not new.

McKeen admitted that an LGBTQI pupil had left the school, after discussions between the management and the parents, who decided to withdraw their child.

The school equates homosexuality with bestiality

McKeen made the video in response to an NBC report on his email to parents reiterating the institution’s policy that “God created mankind in his image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal dignity”.

“Therefore, one’s biological sex must be affirmed and no attempt should be made to physically change, alter or disagree with one’s biological sex – including but not limited to elective sex reassignment, cross-dressing, transgender or non-binary gender fluid acts of conduct (Genesis 1:26-28). Students at the school will be designated by gender on their birth certificates and will be referenced by name in the same manner,” indicates the email.

“We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography is a sin in the eyes of God and the church…Students who participate in these lifestyles will be asked to leave school immediately,” McKeen added.

Horrible place, says former student

Earlier this month, a school district in Florida’s Sarasota County passed a new policy in the wake of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that requires teachers to kick their students out if they come out as LGBTQI.

Alejandra Caraballo, a clinical teacher at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, said she went to Grace Christian School as a child before her mother took her away.

“I went here for kindergarten. They still had corporal punishment and made parents use a paddle on the children. My mother took me out when they made her do it. Grace Christian School is an awful place no one should send their kids to,” Caraballo tweeted.

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