Student expelled for lesbian parents
From correspondents in Los Angeles
A TEENAGE girl has been expelled from a US Christian school after officials discovered her parents were lesbians whose lifestyle did not live up to church standards, the school said Friday.
The14-year-old pupil, Shay Clark, was kicked out of the school in the town of Ontario east of Los Angeles on Thursday after teachers discovered that her mother and partner of 22 years were in a relationship the school did not consider Christian.
"The school requires that at least one parent be a confessing Christian and active in the local Christian church," Ontario Christian School said in a statement.
"In this case, the parent does not meet the criteria by participating in a homosexual relationship. We regret that this relationship was not disclosed at the time of admission, as that information would have prevented enrolment and the occasion for misunderstanding," the terse statement added.
The girl's mother, Tina Clark, said her daughter was distraught she had been humiliated and treated like a "criminal" simply because of her parents' sexuality.
"You're not supposed to judge if you're Christians and I feel the school is judging us," she told KCBS 2 television.
She said she and Mitzi Gray, who have three children between them, at least one of whom attended the same school as Shay, had always been open about their relationship and had turned up together at school open days.
The bemused youngster at the centre of the firestorm was meanwhile searching for a new school.
"I was born into this family and I love being in it," Shay told KCBS. "They shouldn't punish me because I haven't done anything wrong and they (my parents) haven't done anything wrong," she said.