A Christian school worker is to challenge a Gloucestershire school academy’s decision to dismiss her for gross misconduct.
Kristie Higgs was dismissed after she shared two Facebook posts that raised concerns about Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at another school in the same village, her own child’s Church of England Primary School.
Kristie, mother of two who had been working at the Gloucestershire academy for six years as a pastoral assistant, was told following an investigation and a six-hour hearing that she would be dismissed without notice.
Earlier last year, her child’s Church of England Primary School sent out a letter informing parents it was adopting the ‘No Outsiders’ programme, which challenges the Christian understanding of family and openly promotes LGBT lifestyles to children as young as four.
After attending a meeting at the school to find out more about the programme, Kristie decided to express her concerns on Facebook. She shared two posts.
The first post said, ‘Please read this they are brainwashing our children! Please sign this petition, they have already started to brainwash our innocent wonderfully created children and it’s happening in our local primary school now’.
Kristie urged her friends to sign a nationwide petition opposing the government’s proposals to make Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) compulsory.
In her second post, Kristie shared an article on the rise of transgender ideology in children’s books in American schools. She added the comment: ‘This is happening in our primary schools now’.
Both posts were visible only to her friends. Nevertheless, they were reported to the school where she worked, Farmor’s School in Fairford, Gloucestershire. Following an investigation, Kristie was dismissed for gross misconduct.
Reasons given by the school for her dismissal were: ‘illegal discrimination’, ‘serious inappropriate use of social media’, and ‘online comments that could bring the school into disrepute and damage the reputation of the school’.
The Christian Legal Centre is now supporting Kristie as she challenges the school for wrongful dismissal and discrimination.
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre said, ‘What Kristie shared on Facebook simply reflects the genuine and justified concerns of a parent about the sexual ideology currently being imposed on her own children and thousands of children across the UK’.