"She was happy; she looked attractive", Alford tells WAVE3.com. A photo from that day shows her smiling and wearing a rainbow top with a colorful birthday cake sitting on a table in front of her. She says the school refused to meet with her but they agreed to change the expulsion to a voluntary withdrawal so it's not on Kayla's record anymore.
A few days after the photo was posted Dr. Bruce Jacobson, the Head of School at the private Christian school Whitefield Academy, contacted Kayla's family on January 6. "The only celebration that was taking place was my daughter's 15th birthday".
The email to Kayla's family outlined that she demonstrated "a posture of morality and cultural acceptance contrary to that of Whitefield Academy's beliefs" and the photo was the last straw in a series of "lifestyle violations".
According to global media reports, the school claimed that the teen had committed two years of continuous violations of the student code of conduct which led to her expulsion.
According to The Courier Journal, a Christian school in Louisville, Kentucky expelled a student last week after school officials allegedly discovered the teen had celebrated her birthday with a rainbow-themed cake.
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"Inaccurate media reports are circling stating that the student in question was expelled from our school exclusively for a social media post", the school said in a statement shared with Global News. Kenney has started attended a public school, and although Alford says it is at times overwhelming, it is also likely for the best. They simply ordered a birthday cake in "assorted colours".
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Whitefield Academy issued a statement after news broke.
'You know we teach our kids what would Jesus do, What would he do here?' she added.
"Any other behavior issues could cause her to be expelled".
"Whitefield Academy is a Christian-based school with a 43-year history of educating students in a learning environment informed by our shared Christian values".
The school's principal Jacobson told The Courier Journal that Alford's daughter was expelled after "two years of continuous violations" of the student code of conduct.
According to Whitefield Academy's parent/student handbook, the school seeks to work in tandem with children's families to "mold students to be Christ-like". "In such cases, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student".
The school released a statement, saying in part, "it is unfortunate that the parents chose to post internal family matters on social media, and we hope our former student is not adversely affected by what her parents chose to make public about her situation".
"I just feel like it's a label [school officials] have put on her", Alford told the publication.