Mother of two’s life turned upside down for critiquing LGBT lessons
By: Pippa Monroe |@NeonNettle on 21st April 2019 @ 6.00pm
A Christian teaching assistant who dared to voice her opinion on about transgender teaching at her son’s primary school has been fired. Mother of two Christie Higgs had a faultless track record and reputation in her teaching profession, but that came to a grinding halt when she dared to question LGBT lessons being forced upon her son.
Higg’s life was turned upside down when a single anonymous complaint was accusing her of offending gay and transgender pupils.
Ironically, many gay and transgender teenagers turned to Higgins for emotional and practical support. Following the accusation, Higgs was immediately suspended before being fired.The school governor compared her to a pro-Nazi, far-Right extremist.
School chiefs later question why she had used her school email to receive ‘inspirational’ quotations from the Bible;A school governor told her she had no ‘absolute right’ to freedom of speech.Ironically, many gay and transgender teenagers turned to Higgins for emotional and practical support.
‘I loved my job, and I loved the children that I cared for,’ she says.‘It wasn’t just kids who were in trouble; I also helped children who were gay or changing gender.
When they came to my office, I opened my arms to them and treated them like any other young people.
I never discriminated against them and never would.’According to the DailyMail: Kristie’s ordeal began in October when the Church of England primary school attended by her youngest son adopted ‘No Outsiders’ teaching about sexual minorities.
The same programme has generated a row between schools and Muslim parents in Birmingham.
Books given to children as young as four include stories about a boy who wants to wear a dress and one about a red crayon that discovers it is blue.
Kristie felt that her son was too young to appreciate the issues so, with the agreement of teachers, excluded the nine-year-old from the lessons.
The statement in the books that people can change gender at will jarred with her firmly held Christian beliefs.
The dubious teaching programme ‘No Outsiders’ was created by gay assistant head teacher Andrew Moffat in 2014 to promote tolerance of sexual minorities.
It is now taught at primary schools across England and Wales but has sparked protests among Muslims in Birmingham where parents have withdrawn pupils from lessons.
Children as young as four are taught about same-sex relationships and transgender people using brightly illustrated books.
Kristie felt that her son was too young to appreciate the issues so, with the agreement of teachers, excluded the nine-year-old from the lessons The ‘No Outsiders’ programme is not officially part of the Government projects to make relationships education compulsory in primary schools next year but last month schools watchdog Ofsted gave it is backing.
In a recent interview, Tory MP Andrea Leadsom said it was ‘absolutely right’ for parents to be allowed to choose what age their children should be taught about LGBT issues.
Never anticipating the catastrophic consequences, she posted on her Facebook page a petition, which did not originate from her, against Government plans to make ‘relationships education’ compulsory in schools adding: ‘They are brainwashing our children!’
While some may not agree with the petition’s views, it’s hard to understand why it caused so much offense.
It alerts parents to the plans, pointing out: ‘Children will be taught… gender is a matter of choice, not biology so that it’s up to them what sex they are.
At the same time, it means that expressing and teaching fundamental Christian beliefs, relating to the creation of men and women and marriage, will in practice become forbidden – because they conflict with the new morality and are seen as indoctrination into unacceptable religious bigotry.’
It continues: ‘Freedom of belief will be destroyed, with freedom of speech permitted only for those who toe the party line!’The online petition then warned: ‘We say again, this is a vicious form of totalitarianism aimed at suppressing Christianity.
’Kristie then put up a second Facebook post linking to an American blog criticizing schools for using children’s books to teach youngsters about changing sex.
The blogger, who argues that someone’s sex can only be biologically determined, branded the stories a ‘perversion of the truth’ and ‘a form of child abuse.
’Kristie says: ‘My only crime was to share information about what was happening in schools with other parents and I can’t see what was so terrible about that.
‘I was raising concerns about my son being educated in matters that are not aligned with my religious beliefs and people could choose to agree or disagree.
I would never tell others what to think.‘My bigger worry was that they were introducing the confusing idea of changing gender to children at such a young age.
’Kristie’s accuser, one of her Facebook friends, complained to her headteacher in an email on October 26 last year and asked the school to keep their identity secret.
Kristie has never been allowed to challenge them and still doesn’t know the identity of her accuser.In the message, the unnamed parent, whose child attends Farmor’s School, alleged that Kristie had been ‘posting homophobic and prejudiced views against the LGBT community on Facebook.
’And in light of her ‘offensive’ views, they were worried that the softly spoken pastoral assistant ‘may exert influence over the vulnerable pupils who may end up in isolation’ – the very pupils she had been helping for seven years.
Days later Kristie was called into the headmaster’s office without warning and told she was suspended pending an investigation into whether she had broken the school’s code of conduct.
After hearing the allegations against her, Kristie told the headmaster that millions of Christians around the world shared her view.
He insisted the suspension had nothing to do with her religion, but she suspects he had been warned to say that to avoid allegations of religious discrimination against her.
‘It had everything to do with my Christianity. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous’, she says
.In the weeks after her suspension, which she was banned from discussing with anyone, Kristie was ordered to attend two further ‘investigation’ meetings with the school’s human resources officer
In the second of these sessions, it emerged that the school had been trawling through her work emails in search of any wrongdoing.
Bizarrely, one school official demanded to know if she had used her professional email address to subscribe to a Christian broadcast service that sent out daily inspirational Bible readings.
‘I could not believe they had gone into my email messages looking for evidence that I was a Christian. It felt as if I was being persecuted for my faith,’ Kristie says. (Click to Source)
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