Christian mom sues UK primary school for forcing LGBT Pride celebrations on kids
LONDON, England, March 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― A London mother is suing the primary school that victimized her son after she objected to its Pride celebrations.
According to The Sunday Times, Izoduwa “Izzy” Montague, 35, is seeking a “five-figure sum” from the governors of Heavers Farm Primary School in Croydon, a district in the south of London. Montague has also made a formal complaint against the school to Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary for England and Wales.
“We have to make sure parents are back in control of what happens to their children in the school system,” Montague told The Sunday Times. “I don’t think we wave them goodbye at the school gates and say ‘do what you like with them.’”
She accused the school of “the systematic proselytization of its young and vulnerable pupils.”
Last summer, Montague (also known as Adhedo) was one of a group of parents who complained when their children were compelled to take part in Heavers Farm Primary School’s LGBT “Proud to Me” event on June 29.
According to a statement released last year by the UK’s Christian Legal Centre (CLC), some of the parents, including Montague, said they were treated “dismissively” and “victimized” after their objections.
Montague is being represented by the CLC. Last November, CLC’s Robert Kiska told LifeSiteNews that when the mother met with Susan Papas, the “head teacher” of Heavers Farm Primary School in September to discuss her concerns, she was confronted by a teacher – Papas’ own daughter – wearing an aggressively pro-LGBT T-shirt.
The t-shirt asked, “‘Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic, when you can just be quiet?’”
On October 8, the school sent Montague a letter “which basically dismisses her complaint,” Kiska said, arguing that since corporate Pride events are deemed acceptable, they are acceptable in schools.
On the same day, Montague’s five-year-old son was “for the first time in his life” given a detention – for three hours. The next day he was put in detention for one hour.
On October 12, Montague came to the school to discuss her son’s treatment, but she was barred from the building.
“They (staff) deemed her to be uncooperative and hostile,” Kiska told LifeSiteNews.
Montague and her husband, Shane, then removed their child from the school.
Speaking for all of the parents who have complained, CLC said Heavers Farm Primary School is “forcing a very aggressive LGBT agenda onto children under 12 years of age in a manner which abuses parental rights and victimizes parents.”
The charity also stated that many of the concerned parents are reluctant to speak to the press for fear that their children will be “further victimized and/or expelled.”
In a statement made through CLC, Montague said she felt bullied after making known her concerns about her child’s participation in the LGBT event.
“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,” she said.
“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 unreasonably by excluding me from the premises, victimizing my child and not taking my safeguarding concerns seriously,” she continued.
“I wasn’t even trying to stop the Pride event. I just wanted my child to receive an education, rather than indoctrination.”
LifeSiteNews contacted CLC to confirm that Izoduwa Adhedo and Izoduwa Montague are the same woman.