Christian parents threaten legal action over pride parade

A mother says her son's London school tried to "indoctrinate" him with a celebration that went "against our Christian beliefs."

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, United Kingdom
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Controversy at a London school is coming to a head after the school hosted a pride parade that Christian parents said promoted LGBT lifestyles.

Parents said the school "victimized parents" after they complained about its "aggressive LGBT agenda".

A conservative Christian campaign group is threatening legal action over the parade that some Christian parents' children took part in.

Mother Izoduwa Adhedo took her son out of the school last month, claiming it tried to offer "indoctrination" instead of education and turn her son against her religious beliefs.

Adhedo said Heavers Farm Primary School bullied her after she made a complaint about the parade.

Details from the story:

  • Heavers Farm Primary School in London held a "Proud to be Me" parade earlier this year that encouraged children to celebrate "what makes them proud of themselves and their family".
  • But religious parents have threatened legal action for exposing their children to LGBT lifestyles.
  • Conservative evangelical organisation, Christian Concern, said it was considering a judicial review of the school.
  • One parent, Izoduwa Adhedo, said the school tried to "indoctrinate" her son, who took part in the parade, against her beliefs. Adhedo withdrew her from the school after 
  • "[The school] stopped treating me like any other parent but were antagonistic towards me... unreasonably excluding me from the premises, victimising my child and not taking my safeguarding concerns seriously," she said.
  • The school strongly denied that it organized a "gay pride parade" but said it would not "shy away" from teaching its pupils about LGBT rights issues.
  • Head teacher Susan Papas said that alongside looking at what children were proud of, the school was doing work on anti-bullying, anti-transphobic and anti-homophobic language.
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