Christian school expels girl pictured with a cake of many colours

Christian school expels girl pictured with a cake of many colours January 15, 2020

AFTER a picture was posted on social media showing Kayla Kenney celebrating her 15th birthday with a ‘rainbow’ cake, faith-based Whitefield Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, decided that the photo demonstrated ‘a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy’s beliefs’ – and last week it expelled the girl.

Images via Wave3 News and Facebook

The girl’s mother, Kimberly Alford, above, who posted the picture on her Facebook page, then received an email from the private academy’s head, Bruce Jacobson, explaining that her daughter was being expelled:

Immediately due to a post on social media.

Jacobson said the move followed two years of “lifestyle violations”  committed by the girl.

But Alford said her daughter is not gay and the cake was simply a fun treat, with the bakery receipt showing that they had provided a cake with “bright color rosettes – assorted.”

Wave3News screenshot

Alford added that the Whitefield Academy Parent Teacher Fellowship has even featured a rainbow image on its private Facebook page before later taking it down after the expulsion of her daughter.

In a Wave3News TV report, Alford said her daughter was “devastated” by the school’s judgmental stance, and that it jumped to the conclusion that she was gay.

Jacobson wouldn’t say whether the photo of the rainbow cake and shirt led to the expulsion but said the girl had faced “a progression of discipline.”

All the families of students know that they have expectations they need to (follow). We always try to work with families over a period of time.

Alford said her daughter wears “tomboy-type clothing” from time to time and has always been athletic, but the photo of her with the rainbow cake and outfit:

Meant nothing. She did nothing wrong.

Alford said she and her daughter had met with school officials last October and that a school disciplinary officer found Juul pods, a form of e-cigarettes, in the girl’s backpack.

Following the meeting, Alford said everyone agreed that her daughter:

Would be on probation. Any other behavior issues could cause her to be expelled. Since October, there have been no disciplinary issues. There have been no academic issues. There has been nothing.

According to Whitefield Academy’s parent/student handbook, high school students may face expulsion “when there is a serious departure from the school’s guidelines” for student conduct.

A section on student behaviour says Whitefield’s:

Biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ-like. On occasion, the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home may be counter or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual immorality, homosexual orientation or the inability to support Biblical standards of right and wrong

… In such cases, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student.

Alford said her appeal against the expulsion was denied. She said Jacobson told her the cake and the sweater “just kind of represents gay pride” and that Alford:

Should have refused the cake.

Image via Facebook

Chris Hartman, above, Executive Director of the Fairness Campaign, a Louisville-based LGBTQ advocacy organisation, said if the photo factored into the student’s expulsion, then the school’s action:

Seems incredibly outrageous.

But he noted that Whitefield Academy, which is affiliated with Highview Baptist Church, has the authority to expel students who may go against its religious beliefs because of exemptions for faith-based schools in Louisville’s Fairness Ordinance.

Hartman pointed out that a rainbow does not solely represent LGBTQ movements but is also mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Genesis as a symbol of God’s covenant with Noah following the flood.

So the idea that they would eject someone for the simple display of a rainbow is ludicrous.

Jacobson said he told the girl’s family that the expulsion could instead be classified as a “voluntary withdrawal” on her record if she applies to other schools.

Alford said that, while she believed that Whitefield had a positive impact on her daughter, who is now attending another school, the academy is imposing religious beliefs that are:

Very judgmental. That’s not what I wanted for her.

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  • Raging Bee

    Jacobson said the move followed follows two years of “lifestyle violations” committed by the girl.

    Did he specify what she actually DID in those two years? All I see so far is an e-cig, which has nothing at all to do with gayness. If he can’t specify any more than that, then he has no case.

    (And I strongly suspect that if he DID specify, he’d have a really b@tsh1t s1lly case.)

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Oh, FFS!

  • Gussie FinkNottle

    It’s sad that the mom thinks she has to say “oh but she’s not lesb, she’s just dresses like a tomboy sometimes.” Like that matters! Is she hoping they will let the kid back in? Is she Hphobic herself?

  • Raging Bee

    Probably yes to both. I sincerely hope this ignorant action by the Christian madrassa will get the girl’s parents to think a little harder about their basic beliefs and prejudices…

  • Raging Bee

    Also, kicking a kid out of their madrassa because she wore rainbow colors and rainbows are gay, kinda contradicts the Christian Reich’s campaign to RECLAIM God’s rainbow so it WOULDN’T be associated only with gayness. That lot really gotta get their bigoted reflexes straight…

  • Destiny

    “Biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ-like.” Like the school administration is providing an example what it’s like to be Christ-like? I personally wouldn’t attempt to have her reinstated – I’d run away from these creeps as fast as possible.

  • budm303

    Ignorance is the greatest evil. Any religion is “evil in the blood.” The mother should be glad her child is well quit from the misdirecting environment. Take care with signing any contract, for the real god in USA worshipped is Mammon, the Lord of theft.

  • A B

    When your idiotic superstitions make you so stupid you don’t even know and/or can’t even accept that rainbows are a completely natural and common phenomena in this planet. I guess if these people ever read their stupid, false book of lies they’d want all references to Joseph’s “coat of many colors” completely erased then?…

  • Jim Olsson

    I don’t think the witch hunting experts at Whitefield Academy would know moral imperatives from pea soup.

    Rabbi Jacob Milgrom says that, “YES, the Bible prohibits homosexual behavior, however, only in the land of Israel and only for males, and, possibly, only in certain interfamily relationships. The thought was that only man had the ability to make a child, and the woman was the incubator. So the ‘spilling of the seed’ was forbidden since Jews had the directive to build a nation, and males were to use their seed for that purpose. Homosexual relationships were as common then as they are now.”

    In an obscure Amazon book review someone even more obscure said, “Homosexual people are not aberrations or deviations from the natural order but are merely natural variations of God’s diverse created order. Those who want to believe deeply in their hearts the concept of ‘evil homosexual people’ are those who fail to comprehend the most basic message of Christ’s Gospel- unconditional love, acceptance and inclusion.”

    Amen, bruthah!

    This isn’t a scene out of Iron Age or Roman Era Palestine… we live in an overcrowded world where ‘be fruitful and multiply’ isn’t the virtue it once was when the planet was, by comparison, virtually empty. In our current era where everything is seen through the lens of environmental impact and sustainability, you’d think the most populous nations of the world would not only endorse same-sex relationships, but would also encourage them through tax breaks, or other incentives to help mitigate the population explosion naturally, rather than through genocide, war, sterilization, or one-child policies such as the Chinese use to curb human production.

  • Dr Sarah

    In addition to the general ridiculousness of this expulsion, has it struck anyone else as ironic that the school have, in effect, taken a position that students can only make cakes of particular types as approved by the school? Isn’t that the same type of position that was leading Christian fundamentalists to scream about persecution when it involved a Christian baker?

    ‘So the idea that they would eject someone for the simple display of a rainbow is ludicrous.’

    Good point; I wonder what this school would make of the Bible my family had when I was a child, which had a picture of a rainbow on the front as part of that scene from the Noah’s Ark story?

  • The Apistevist

    I wonder how the school would feel about Joseph’s coat of many colors.

  • Broga

    “She said Jacobson told her the cake and the sweater “just kind of represents gay pride”.

    I assume what “represents” gay pride is decided subjectively by some bigot and that leaves aside the repellent bigotry underpinning the decision. What comes across is that the Kayla was too independent minded and questioning and insufficiently slavish in her obedience to their indoctrination. Exactly the kind of pupil that should be valued and encouraged. And, in any half decent school, cut some slack. The effect of this savage act by these “followers of Jesus” will be to cause suffering to a 15 year girl by alienating her from her friends at an age when being part of a group is so important.

  • Raging Bee

    That’s from the Old Testament, which Jesus fulfilled, so it’s no longer applicable unless it suits this or that preacher’s agenda at a given time…so shut up, that’s why.

  • Broga

    What this is about is total mental submission and for that the specifics get in the way. No one can be sure what is right or wrong till he decides. Only he can decide that. That means everyone has to tread very carefully and watch him to try and anticipate what he might want and adjust immediately if they think they are getting out of line.

  • Raging Bee

    I really wish that was true — Mammon tends to be a far more rational god than the violent abusive alcoholic the Christians call “The Father, the Almighty.”

  • Just one more point in favor of banning private schools. Especially religious private schools.

  • Vincent Valentine

    When Marilyn Manson was a kid, he was sent to Heritage Christian School in Canton, Ohio. He was known as Brian Warner back then, but he hated going to the school and said they tried to brainwash him with the whole doctrine of the end times. He even stated in his book that many times, he would have nightmares from the teachers pushing End Times and Fire and Brimstone lectures. Another thing that school did was doing the whole backwards masking thing and that is how he got into Metal. When they tried to play songs backwards to find some hidden message, he would go out and buy the album. He wanted out of that school so bad, that he would start selling things that were contraband(such as candy and gum, which students were forbidden from having). Then he made his own Magazine in the same fashion as Mad Magazine and distribute it at school. Another thing he would do was buy albums for kids who weren’t allowed to own them, then steal them back while class was in session. He got away with that because no kid is going to go to the teachers about him selling and then stealing albums they asked him to buy. There was one kid that actually turned him in, though. Nothing he did got him expelled because they wanted his parents’ money, but they did employ corporal punishment on him. Eventually he refused to go back to that school and demanded to go to public school. To this day, it was going to that school that made him who he is and what he is about.

  • Bob Jase

    Believers tell me Yahweh invented rainbows so clearly god is gay.

  • Raging Bee

    See, this is what happens when you libs force Christian bakers to bake gay cakes: they get good Christian girls expelled from lame Christian schools where they were already in trouble for unspecified reasons!

    Wait, now I gotta figure out why that’s bad…

    I’ll come in again…

  • Raging Bee

    Exactly: loony Christian madrassas BUILD CHARACTER!

  • KenderJ

    She did enroll her daughter in this crazy school in the first place and only has a problem now because she feels she was treated unfairly.

  • persephone

    I read an article that said the girl attended a dance with another girl as her plus one. Who knows? Maybe they just went as friends. Maybe the girl is testing the waters. Whatever. Putting your child in a religious school, especially a Baptist school, is guaranteed to mess them up for life.

  • persephone

    Back in the 70s, I had a ski jacket with the same kind of rainbow striping. I’ve noticed that the pattern has begun popping up lately with the return of puffy vests and jackets, and a 70s resurgence in some styles (so much brown and tan and orange).

    These people are nuts.

  • McPaul

    The young woman will be much better off in the long run.

  • budm303

    The first thing taught in J-school is: “Follow the money.” Who’s our president? Who rules Arabs? How come Israel? Endemic to all societies. S/he withe gold is most often the winner.

  • Brianna LaPoint

    I hope the girl is having second thoughts about her beliefs, the christian ones her mother forced on her that is.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    “Logic, how the fuck69 does it work?”-Every fundie, ever.

  • Jane Ravenswood

    Conservative Christians are thoughtless bigots. They will attack anything that they think is against them, even when it is not.

    aka morons

  • Kaja

    With all the sex abuse/ pedophiles being caught/found now days in churches and the cover ups, it seems that fundamentalists could find better things to worry about.

  • John Grove

    I’d be all to happy to get away getting that school !

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Really, really weird. Disqus just dumped your posts to me from the last few days all at once. I didn’t even know you’d responded to my last post. Guess it’s probably related to the other Disqus problems of late.

    So how’s this FreeThinker site? Any others you’ve recently found that you also like? And have you learned what the “as if there’s any such thing as a ‘bad’ word” rules are here, and on some of the other blogs you’ve been on these past few weeks?

    I’d already eaten tonight, so hubby just grabbed some Chipotle on the way home. Of course, I had to tease him about it (I have never and will never eat there): While he was sitting on the couch next to me, I sent this meme I threw together to his phone. That earned me a dirty look. LOL

  • DeadBabyJoke

    “Really, really weird. Disqus just dumped your posts to me from the last few days all at once. I didn’t even know you’d responded to my last post. Guess it’s probably related to the other Disqus problems of late.”
    I was wondering why you hadn’t responded. I’ve had problems with Disqus as well. On the plus side, I heard on FA that you can now see who downvotes your posts.

    “So how’s this FreeThinker site? Any others you’ve recently found that you also like? And have you learned what the “as if there’s any such thing as a ‘bad’ word” rules are here, and on some of the other blogs you’ve been on these past few weeks?”
    I’ve been on the FreeThinker, A Tippling Philosopher, Laughing in Disbelief, Dispatches From the Culture Wars, Daylight Atheism, and Love, Joy, Feminism. And as for the language, I’ve had posts go into moderation for minor language, but I’ve gotten around it a few times.

    “I’d already eaten tonight, so hubby just grabbed some Chipotle on the way home. Of course, I had to tease him about it (I have never and will never eat there): While he was sitting on the couch next to me, I sent this meme I threw together to his phone. That earned me a dirty look. LOL”

    I haven’t eaten anything today, and I have no idea what I’m going to eat. I’ve heard of Chipotle’s, but I’ve never seen a Chipotle’s, much less eaten there. Also, LOL @ your meme.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    “I would be kicked out of there because I don’t have the proper plumbing”.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Responded, but shows “pending”—I have no idea why, unless someone’s gotta problem with **eyeroll**

  • DeadBabyJoke

    My last post to you is waiting to be approved, even though there was nothing REMOTELY objectionable in it.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    And goddess forbid the okays/not-okays would be listed somewhere. I can’t find such a listing anywhere here or at ATP. Bet you can still be shown the door for violating something on it anyway, huh? Ugh.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    Big doody poopy head! I wonder if this will pass the filter?

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))


    LOL Shall we test the filter one boo-boo word at a time? Ugh.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Been exposing holes in Luke Breuer’s drivel on Tippling. Fish in a barrel, my friend…fish in a barrel. LOL

  • DeadBabyJoke

    That guy needs to be smacked with the logic stick a few times.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Ha! Never heard that expression. That’s meme-worthy!

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))
  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))
  • DeadBabyJoke

    Thanks. ☺

  • DeadBabyJoke


  • DeadBabyJoke

    HA! And with THAT picture too.

  • DeadBabyJoke

    What’s it about?

  • realthog

    To be honest, if the I’m sure appropriately named Whitefield Academy is run by bigoted judgmental shitbags like Bruce Jacobson, I’d say young Kimberley should count herself as having had a lucky escape.

    The odd thing is that Jacobson’s attitude isn’t even Christian.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    It was the facial expression I imagined might be on my face if I were to say that to someone. Then, all of the sudden, BAM! Tobey Maguire popped into my head. LOL

  • realthog

    Yes, in the same way that the Ten Commandments are irrelevant and passe when it’s Trump breaking them.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    It’s about an hour and a half…

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Essentially, it’s about the Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints, a team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, so as to remain spiritually corrupted. They can then force demons into their bodies and commit suicide (a ticket straight to hell), and thus drag the worst of the demons back to hell with them.

    Quite blasphemous and transgressive. ;-P

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    I should also mention it was written and directed by the author of the graphic novel.

    There’s a running joke in it about this character named Clint, an Opus Dei stiff. Ever wonder why there aren’t any superheros named CLINT? Because of how the ‘L’ and the ‘I’ bleed together on the cheap pulped paper of comic books. ;-P

  • It is what it is…

    I think it’s pretty normal as humans to try to salvage things that have seen a lot of investment rather than just cut ties and try something different. Moving schools can be traumatic for a child, even in cases like this (friendship groups, anxieties over change), and it can be difficult to see greener grass (this goes for any abusive relationships I guess).

    As has already been said, it’s probably an event that will trigger some introspection; while they likely do have homophobic views (it’s Kentucky for Christ’s sake), they may now have cause to reconsider them based on how their daughter was treated.

  • Matt G

    Except for the trauma to the girl, this is something of a win-win. The school is exposed for its bigotry and the girl gets out.

  • morgan k Wyatt

    How do they know that her shirt wasn’t her mimicking Wesley Crusher on Star Trek the Next Generation? This is ridiculous. I recently heard an Indiana pastor warning parents against buying their children rainbows and unicorn themed clothing because it was part of a secret agenda. I believe the agenda must be fun.

  • Broga

    And then some. If the UK criteria for sectioning them under the Mental Health Act were applied they would fall within it. But then so would many devout believers in the UK. Only religion escapes your accurate description of “nuts” and people who believe they are eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood are regarded as sane. Not only sane but admirable and so the destructive attitudes and behaviour are protected and their victims continue to suffer.

    The word “symbolic” is now used regarding the cannibalism but that is a whole different debate.

  • Raging Bee

    I wonder how she was treated when she was in the “school,” by adults and fellow students…

  • Raging Bee

    With all the sex abuse/pedophiles being caught/found now days in churches and the cover ups, it seems churches are FORCED to find distractions and scapegoats wherever they can.

  • Raging Bee

    Hello, it seems I’m now able to see who downvoted me. Hello, “Liberty2Day,” wanna tell us why you’re keeping your past comments hidden?

  • Raging Bee

    Sounds pretty wasteful. Couldn’t the demons just come back, like they came before, and possess someone else?

  • Raging Bee

    Mimicking Wesley Crusher? That’s a SERIOUS lifestyle violation!

  • Raging Bee

    I hope she’s able safely to let others know about said second thoughts, if she has any.

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Screenwriters hate people like you.

    Ha! j/k Yeah, I tend to be a nitpicker, too. My hubby hits me when I start to nitpick while we’re watching movies. LOL

  • laura1919

    I feel badly for the girl, in no small part because of her feckless parents, but this is about the funniest thing I’ve read all week. Christians are now afraid of …the color spectrum?!

  • Zeldacat

    At least Wil seems to have a bit of a sense of humor about some of those outfits these days.

  • Carla Gifford

    According to the scriptures of these same people, who invented the rainbow. This is foolishness gone to seed. I wouldn’t want my child in a school that acted like this and had such phobia of other people, left-right, up-down, gay-sad!!!!!!!!!! oh, I meant straight.

  • StevoR

    Which she clearly was. Expelled for eating a rainbow cake and wearing a sweater with a rainbow on it? Seriously?

  • StevoR

    Ironically (?) a traditional reading of the character of Christ could well be that he was a rebel who defied authority, opposed tyranny, supported the social outcasts of his day including those heretical Samaritans and cared more about actual kindness than the precise letter of the law. Thus it seems the expelled student here was arguably more “Christ-like” than the “Christian” school authoritiy here. Of course, other interpretations and ideas abound and even the existence of the precise Judean Jesus character himself is questionable but still.

  • StevoR

    “YES, the Bible prohibits homosexual behavior, however, only in the land of Israel and only for males, ..

    Meanwhile in modern Israel :

    If gawd ain’t happy with that & objects then he sure isn’t showing it or showing up.

  • StevoR
  • StevoR

    What the .. ?

    “Follow the money.” (1) Who’s our president? (2) Who rules Arabs? (3) How come Israel? (4) Endemic to all societies. S/he withe gold is most often the winner. (5)

    1. Ok. Cliche but often good advice.

    2. Depends which country you live in. I presume you mean Trump. Which doesn’t quite entirely tie in with the “follow the money” thing because he was elected for a range of reasons some not mainly financial like the Murdoch’s and Rapeublicans decades of smears against Hillary Clinton and the actions of then FBI chief Comey and Julian Assange among other things plus BernieBros, third party voting fools and the non-voters by choice or suppression.

    3. Depends where those Arabs are living. Mostly Arabs are ruled by other Arabs e.g. the Saudi tyranny, Yemeni civil war warlords, Assad, various rich and nasty Sheiks, Libyan warlords, the Egyptian military dictator, etc .. Also huh? Relevance here?

    4. Israel how come? Well, its a very long and contentious story. It goes back to a whole range of things starting with centuries of Southwest Asian, Russian and European anti-Semitic persecution and pogroms culminating in the Shoah (Holocaust) plus existing Jewish people living in the modern day Israel during and after the collapse of the Ottoman Turkish empire; all following the complex, often tragic regional history of several ancient Jewish nations and provinces in the relevant parts of the Levant including the Roman province of Judea, the Hasmonean kingdom, the Davidic kingdoms of Judah and Israel, etc .. How long have you got and again, why is this relevant? Why “how come Israel” instead of how come Argentina or how come Italy or how come Tonga or how come anywhere else on Earth huh?

    5. With a few exceptions notably some Indigenous societies and cultures. Not every culture knows about or values gold FWIW.

    Oh & again, where is the connection of this – and all of that – to anything here and what point if any do you think you are making by raising these quite separate and irrelevant things?

  • StevoR

    Probly and hopefully.

  • StevoR

    Natural spectroscopes terrify them. Wonder ewhat they make of parhelia. (“Sundogs”.)

  • StevoR

    Fun terrifies them it leads to dancing .. Or is that vice-versa?

    How very puritan ..

  • StevoR

    I thought they were a natural result of basic physics.. and on the second part of that agreed. Fundamentalist brain-washing and bigotry combined with deliberate ignorance and religious intolerance I think.

  • StevoR

    Yes, but you are not her and I’d expect she would have quite a lot of friends and maybe family attending that matter to her and she’d like to be with.

  • Judy Thompson

    now this is silly. You go to a dance with your best friend so you’ll have someone to sit with and talk to when you’re trying to get someone to dance with,. No one wants to sit by themselves, that’s dorky and difficult. It doesn’t mean you’re gay. Neither does the rainbow. We have one here every time it rains in the afternoon. Does that make RAIN gay? Are they going to ban rainbow watchers?

  • Judy Thompson

    it must be exhausting for kids to have to double think every piece of clothing, every move, every sentence, in case the godalmighty school police decide they have ‘transgressed”.

  • Barry Duke

    All this nonsense reminds me of Johnny Cash song “Man in Black” which ends thus:

    “Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
    And tell the world that everything’s OK,
    But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
    ‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black”

    Bet that’s song’s banned at the school!

  • Broga

    The point being that there is no right answer. They can’t get it right. What they have to do is try to please the tyrant in charge. This is enormously exhausting and creates zombies who will not think independently. The Popes are expert at this. Who knows what is the “right” answer? The Vatican has shifted its “certainty” on so many occasions. The existence of purgatory caused so much distress to RC mothers whose baby died before the priest sprinkled some magic water on the baby.

  • Dana W

    Still far, far better than Taco Bell.