School Apologizes for Discriminating against Christian Teaching Assistant Who Opposed Gay Marriage
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Nov 30
According to ChristianToday.com, 51-year-old Victoria Allen is a teacher at The Brannel School in St. Austell in Cornwall County. She was asked by one of her students to share her views on gay marriage.
"If a child asks my personal opinion, I feel I should give it," the Christian woman said, as quoted by The Daily Mail.
Allen explained to the student that she believes gay marriage goes against God’s plan.
Although the student was reportedly not offended by Allen’s response, the student’s mother still filed a complaint with the school. The school then took disciplinary action against Allen for allegedly violating the equal opportunities policy.
Allen took the case to court, saying that she was made to “feel like a criminal” simply for expressing her “personal biblical beliefs.”
The case was eventually settled out of court, however, after the school issued an apology to Allen for its actions.
A statement from the school said that head teacher Andy Edmonds "recognised Victoria Allen's right to share her Christian beliefs with students and has apologised for any upset she may have felt during the disciplinary process."
Publication date: November 30, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.