A Gloucestershire school assistant has been sacked for gross misconduct after raising concerns about relationship education at the school which her son attends.
Kristie Higgs, a Christian who worked as a pastoral assistant at Farmor's School in Fairford, shared and commented on Facebook posts reacting to plans for teaching LGBT relationships in schools. In one post, she urged people to sign an online petition against making relationships education mandatory.
She also wrote: “They are brainwashing our children! We say again, this is a vicious form of totalitarianism aimed at suppressing Christianity.”
According to the Christian Legal Centre, Mrs Higgs’s school had carried out an investigation and concluded that she should be dismissed for “illegal discrimination”, “serious inappropriate use of social media” and “online comments that could bring the school into disrepute and damage the reputation of the school”, the BBC reports.
Mrs Higgs’s sacking comes in the wake of a long-running row in Birmingham primary schools about the teaching of lessons that include information on same-sex relationships.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds recently wrote to primary school head teachers supporting them in their teaching of LGBT issues as long as they consider the lessons to be age appropriate.
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