Coastal: Admission to private school questioned

Carolinas News Notes

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: November 22, 2013 in Carolinas News Notes

WILMINGTON, N.C. — WECT-TV reported on Nov. 14, that the Myrtle Grove Christian School, a private school, has a “policy giving the school the right to refuse admission of an applicant whose home life includes ‘homosexual or bisexual activity.’”

It seems that school head Stacey Miller sent a letter to parents telling them that enrollment would require families to sign a “Biblical Morality Policy.” With that policy, those who do not share the views of the school could have their children refused admission or result in expulsion.

The station provided the language of the policy: “An integral part of Myrtle Grove Christian School’s mission is to foster spiritual development and a biblical world view in the lives of its students. This includes leading students to develop a biblical understanding of morality and to pursue a life that is governed by the biblical moral code. The school works in partnership with families to achieve these desired outcomes, which necessitates that both the school and home come under the authority of God for the benefit of the student. For this reason, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of the student are counter to or are in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, participating in, supporting, or affirming sexual immorality, homosexual activity, or bisexual activity; promoting such practices; or being unable to support the moral principles of the school.”

Rev. John Laughlin

Rev. John Laughlin

Rev. John McLaughlin of St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church said “the new policy is concerning and worries that it teaches children a narrow world view.”

WWAY-TV reported that some alumni were aghast. Lesbian Jenna Ingram relayed that she saw this action as being one that would teach students that hate was acceptable. She has been a proponent of the school, but had decided to do so now.

There are mixed opinions among the parents, WECT-TV reported. Some said that the school was justified in its actions, while others said they were shocked, offended and thought that it was unfair to penalize the children for their parents’ choices.

On Nov. 15, the school announced that it was requesting feedback and soliciting queries about the policy from parents.

info: wect.com. wwaytv3.com.

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