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Christian parent challenges school's 'gay pride parade'

CHALLENGE: Izoduwa Adhedo, left, with her husband Shane, has submitted a formal complaint about an LGBT pride event held at her son's primary school (Image: Handout)

A CHRISTIAN parent who claims her son was forced to participate in a gay pride parade at his primary school is taking action.

Izoduwa Adhedo has claimed that her son’s school, Heavers Farm primary school in South Norwood, made children take part in the event earlier this year.

The school has refuted the claims that it held a gay pride parade.

Adehedo, who met with governors to discuss the issues yesterday, has said that her relationship with the school went sour after she complained about her son’s involvement in the activity.

In a statement, she said: “After I complained about my young child being forced to take place in an event that goes against our Christian beliefs, the school’s attitude towards me changed completely. I know other parents who are afraid to speak up because of how the school has treated me.

“It was like being bullied. They stopped treating me like any other parent but were antagonistic towards me. I believe that they retaliated against me by unreasonably excluding me from the premises, victimising my child and not taking my safeguarding concerns seriously.

“I wasn’t even trying to stop the Pride event. I just wanted my child to receive an education, rather than indoctrination.”

Adhedo has submitted a formal complaint about the event and has removed her son from the school.

Christian Concern, the campaigning group supporting Adehedo, said that her decision to withdraw him from Heavers Farm primary school came after he was put in detention for three hours.

According to Christian Concern, children as young as five were made to take part in the Pride celebrations and a number of parents have said the school is “forcing a very aggressive LGBT agenda on to young children in a manner which abuses parental rights and victimises parents”.

In July, another parent complained about the school’s was holding a pride march.

Ruth Anderson told the Croydon Advertiser that she believed the school’s headteacher should resign after planning the celebration.

The march was cancelled and replaced with a smaller indoor event, the Croydon Advertiser reported.

Anderson, who said she was not homophobic but that her faith taught her certain beliefs, told the publication: "We were given this whole story that it was all about having pride in yourself, but that's ridiculous."

"There were rainbow flags around the school, and the kids were even told to wear bright colours. That's not having pride in yourself, that is blatant support for LGBT.”

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