Mt. Erie Christian Academy is a religious, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).
In an interview, Sheena, one of the mothers of the little girl, stated that her daughter only learned a few days before the start of school that she couldn’t attend.
“They told us, ‘oh this is not about your child,’ but it is about my child,” said Sheena.
Sheena is a stay-at-home mom. Her wife, Lashaune, is in the Navy and is now away on deployment.
“If we knew from the beginning that this was unacceptable, they didn’t condone or believe in this, if it was such a big deal, we would have never started her off there,” Sheena said. “I would never put my child’s emotional wellbeing in an unstable setting like that.”
Sheena told Team 10 she and her wife were summoned to the school the Friday before Labor Day, where they were shown to a room to meet with the pastor. After a prayer, Sheena said the pastor dropped the bombshell.
“It was heartbreaking,” Sheena said. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, I didn’t want to look at them any longer. I just couldn’t believe that they did that.”
Now the mothers plan on filing a lawsuit against the school.
“I want my baby to be safe when she grows up,” the mother insisted. “I don’t want her to ever have to be discriminated against because of her lifestyle. That’s not fair.”