The Sunday Times reports…
“A Mandurah college has hit back over a gay parenting storm that forced a seven year old to find a new school, as it reels from an angry backlash.
A Year 1 student was withdrawn from Foundation Christian College by her gay father after staff banned her from speaking about him to students.
The school’s principal Andrew Newhouse said they did not ask the girl to leave because her father is homosexual but it does say its values were being undermined.
He said the school had been vandalised and they had received hundreds of abusive emails, which forced them to take the school’s website down.
The incident came to a head when the seven-year-old girl’s presentation to her class was shut down because she brought up the subject of gay marriage.
“She was telling news about her disappointment of Tony Abbott, the then-Prime Minister, not allowing her dad and his partner to marry,” Mr Newhouse told Nine News.
The girl’s father voluntarily withdrew her from the school after he was called in to discuss the matter.
The principal later wrote to parents saying the real issue was that: “The Christian values being taught in the classroom were being undermined” and “it is not helpful to confuse children at such a young age with complex and controversial issues.”
Education minister Peter Collier told Nine News: “The fact that the child has had to leave the school is a little bit concerning but having said that, the school has been unambiguous in terms of what it represents.”
The school has received over $7 million in state funding over the last five years and Mr Collier said its funding will not change.”