An 8-year-old girl was kicked out of Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Oklahoma, after her mother says she told another girl she had a crush on her.
According to Delanie Shelton, her daughter Chloe was told by the school’s vice principal that “the bible says you can only marry a man and have children with a man.”
“My daughter was crying saying ‘Does God still love me?’” Shelton said.
“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,” she said.
“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 added.
Speaking to KTUL, Shelton said her daughter was “crying and asking me if God still loves me if she is wrong for the way that she feels.”
“The superintendent called me and let me know that they would be ending their partnership with our family.”
A local pastor told KTUL that the school should 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, later adding that that family should have “understood where the school stood on these issues before they enrolled their child.”
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 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.