A female teacher has been sacked in Britain because for campaigning online against homosexual lessons given to children, including her son, in primary schools.
The Guardian newspaper said on Tuesday that Kristie Higgs, 43, had been removed as a Christian secondary school assistant after she started a petition on her Facebook page trying to mobilize parents against plans to introduce compulsory sex education in all primary schools in the UK.
Higgs, who used to work for Farmor’s School in Gloucestershire, in southern England, as a pastoral assistant, was sacked after authorities received a complaint from an anonymous person saying that had been “posting homophobic and prejudiced views”.
A disciplinary panel found Higgs guilty of gross misconduct and then ruled after two months that her online actions could have harmed the school’s reputation. The panel, however, admitted that “there was no actual evidence” proving that was the case.
Higgs and many other parents, including people from Britain’s Muslims community, have decided to withdraw their children from schools after they learnt that pupils were being taught lessons on respecting gay, lesbian and transgender people.
The education professional initiated her campaign on Facebook after she knew of plans in the primary school attended by her son to introduce the controversial No Outsiders program to the curriculum.
Several schools in Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, have decided to drop No Outsiders until a solution is reached with the parents. However, some LGBT rights supporters have been campaigning for the sex lessons to become compulsory in primary schools as of next year. The UK government has made it mandatory for secondary schools to teach such lessons and primaries are free to decide on the issue.