LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT/WAVE) - The mother of a Whitefield Academy student has filed a lawsuit over her expulsion.
Kayla Kenney’s parents claim Whitefield Academy expelled her because they believed she was gay. (Kimberly Alford - Facebook / WAVE)
Kimberly Alford filed the lawsuit Thursday in Jefferson Circuit Court on behalf of her daughter, Kayla Kenney.
The family claims she was expelled for a photo of her posing with a rainbow cake on her 15th birthday.
WAVE 3 News obtained a copy of the complaint. Kenney's parents say in the complaint that Whitefield expelled her because they believed she was gay.
It reads in part: “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. If you fall in love with a girl, you fall in love with a girl. The fact that [Whitefield Academy] consider[s] is a disease [or a sin] says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”
“Essentially, the school expelled K.K. because they believed she was gay. As such, in Whitefield’s view, it would be difficult to ‘achieve the goal of [K.K.] becoming Christ-like.’”
Whitefield Academy previously told WAVE 3 News Kenney had violated the student code of conduct numerous times over the past few years.