LONDON — Two 10-year-old children in the United Kingdom were reprimanded and suspended for five days over allegations that they had made “homophobic remarks” after expressing objection to a lesson for Pride Month.
According to the Christian Legal Centre, the incident took place on June 20 as a fifth grade teacher at Heavers Farmer Primary School handed out a coloring sheet to his class.
“Sir, please, may I not take part in this lesson?” a boy named Farrell asked, according to a press release from the organization. The teacher advised that the lesson was a part of the curriculum and opting out was therefore not possible.
Farrell later told a visiting teacher that he does not “accept LGBT” because of his religious beliefs. He was sitting next to another student, Kaysey, who likewise objects to the lessons.
“Do you want them to die?” the teacher reportedly asked the two. They replied no.
Farrell advised, however, that if the two were to go back to their ancestral countries, homosexual behavior is not allowed there. The teacher then asked Farrell where he is from. He replied that he is of African Jamaican descent and “everybody is Christian and Catholic, so they don’t accept LGBT.”
When the head teacher, Susan Papas learned of the matter, she allegedly became upset and shouted at the two in front of the class. Kaysey states that Papas also rebuked them privately by stating, “How dare you? You are a disappointment to the school.”
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