Second-grader expelled over ‘crush’ on girl at Owasso private school, thankful for community support

OWASSO, Okla. — Delanie Shelton said her 8-year-old daughter, Chloe was kicked out of Rejoice Christian School in Owasso because Chloe told another girl she had a crush on her.

“[Chloe] said the vice principal sat her down and says the bible says you can only marry a man and have children with a man,” Shelton said. “My daughter was crying saying ‘Does God still love me?’”

Rejoice Christian Schools told Shelton they don’t condone boyfriend/girlfriend relationships on campus, but in the student handbook it doesn’t say it’s grounds for expulsion.

“The vice principal asked me how do I feel like girls liking girls and I said if we’re being honest, I think it’s okay for girls to like girls and she looked shocked and appalled,” Shelton said.

Shelton said she is raising her family to not judge and love whomever you want.

Rejoice initially cited the school’s student handbook and policy, before releasing the following statement:

“Due to privacy and other factors, it is the school’s policy to refrain from public comments regarding any particular student or family.”

—  Rejoice Christian School Superintendent Joel Pepin

“They ripped my kids out of the only school they’ve ever really known away from their teachers and friends they’ve had over the past four years over something my daughter probably doesn’t know or fully understand,” Shelton said.

FOX23′s Tanya Modersitzki talked to Chloe after she’d received an outpouring of support from the community following the telling of her story.

“I feel so loved and supported, thank you so much to everyone who helped me feel better for being who I am, " Chloe said.

She says she felt sad, angry and disappointed when she was expelled.

Morgan Allen with Oklahomans for Equality told FOX23 that no school -- Christian school or not -- should make a child feel that way.

“The hardest thing about this is we’re telling children that it’s wrong to love that it is bad to feel,” Allen said.

“And the worst part is coming from a Christian school we are saying God doesn’t love you for who you are and that is not true.”

The neighborhood across from Rejoice planned a showing of support for Chloe on Saturday, where they’ll post signs in their lawns for her family to drive by and see.

A local attorney says the school could have left itself open to legal action.

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