Christian school’s pledge claims it can deny student’s enrollment if a family member is gay

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WICHITA, Kan. – A private Christian high school is being criticized for its policy regarding students and the LGBT community.

Dustin Deckard, a former student of Trinity Academy, says that it is common practice for students to sign contracts with the school.

“We were required to sign a lot of forms, but most of them are very silly. Stuff like abstinence only, a pledge to not use any tobacco products, or drink,” Deckard told KSNW.

However, a paragraph in the school’s contract is now causing some people to take a second look.

Trinity Academy’s “statement of understand” and parent-student agreement states, in part,

“When the atmosphere or conduct with-in a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the L-G-B-T life-style or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right – to deny the admission of an applicant or dis-continue enrollment of a current student.”

However, the high school says that while students sign the agreement, they have not denied admission to a student because a family member is gay.

“The foundation of Trinity Academy’s  success is that we are dedicated to partnering with our families for the education of their students. Because of this dedication, our entire application process is designed to make sure new families know who we are and what we believe. Trinity Academy holds biblical views on human sexuality and gay marriage and we want prospective families to understand that.

We feel that this is only fair given the disagreement and discord in our society over such issues. It is then up to the family as to whether they feel they can partner with Trinity and support these biblical Christian views. 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. Again, Trinity’s whole intent is to make sure families know what we believe so we can partner together successfully for the good of the students,” a statement by Trinity read.

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