Christian secretary sacked for opposing LGBT education sues school

Sep 22, 2020 by

by Jack Wright and Georgia Simcox, Mailonline:

A Christian teaching assistant who is suing a school for allegedly sacking her because she opposed plans to teach LGBT relationships to primary pupils said it is ‘morally necessary’ to defend the ‘Bible truth against harmful doctrines’.

Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire last year after sharing Facebook posts which raised concerns about relationship education at her son’s Church of England primary school.

She is seeking £56,000 in damages at a Bristol employment tribunal after senior staff allegedly branded her a ‘Nazi Right-wing extremist’ after the head teacher was passed a screenshot of one of her private Facebook posts.

Students were to learn about the No Outsiders in Our School programme, which is a series of books on teaching the Equality Act in primary schools.

Ms Higgs, who has spent seven years at the school as a pastoral worker, shared two posts under her maiden name in October 2018 to around 100 of her friends.

In one Facebook post, she urged people to sign an online petition against making relationships education mandatory. In another, she shared an article about the rise of transgender ideology in children’s books in US schools.

In a statement submitted to the employment tribunal today, mother-of-two Ms Higgs said she ‘does not believe in the modern ideas of gender fluidity and transgenderism’, and believes same-sex marriage is ‘contrary to God’s law’.

‘I was concerned that a lot of parents all over the country and the world simply did not know what was going on,’ she said in a statement.

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