Kansas high school Trinity Academy is currently in hot water after students and parents were forced to sign a document with an LGBT clause that gives the school permission to deny students with homosexual family members. According to the Christian high school, students with gay family members do not lead a “biblical lifestyle” and are therefore not in-line with the school’s overall vision.
According to The Statement of Understanding, families must recognize “the authority of the bible,” refrain from using drugs, and must attending a Christian church. That’s all well and good considering it is a Christian organization, but the final clause allows the school to expel students with LGBT family members. Needless to say, the statement infers that if you can’t have gay family members, you obviously cannot be gay yourself.
Here’s the exact clause:
Given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the school’s traditional, Christian understanding of those issues. Therefore, when the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.
Yikes. Since the clause went viral, administrators from Trinity Academy released the following statement: “Trinity would not and has not denied admission to a student simply because they have a sibling who is gay. Neither would we necessarily deny admission to a student with same sex attraction. We do not condone sexual activity of any kind for our students whether heterosexual or homosexual.”
Ok… so they address the admission process, but not the actual expulsion issue. According to Mic, they have yet to comment on that part of the statement.
WTF Trinity Academy? NOT cool — any of it.