Same-sex couple say school turned down son’s admission because of ‘lifestyle’ – NBC4 Washington

Two Maryland mothers claim their son was unfairly denied admission to a private school, saying administrators told them their family’s “way of life” did not align with the school’s Christian values.

“I just thought it was crazy that something like this was still happening in the world today,” Megan Stratton said.

Her son, Brayden Stratton, 11, loves sports and music. He plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, violin and ukulele.

As his mothers – Jennifer Dane and Megan Stratton – began figuring out where he would go to sixth grade next year, they thought it would be a slam dunk to get into Grace Academy in Hagerstown. He is a good student and they have received excellent recommendations from friends who work at the school.

The couple say everything was fine, but during an interview with the school principal, things changed when they asked a question.

“How is Brayden going to be treated? Will he be treated fairly, because we are a same-sex family? said Straton. “And his response after that, I believe, was when he started going south.”

“He said he couldn’t guarantee that,” Dane said.

Shortly after that uncomfortable meeting, they say they received a letter signed by the school principal saying, “We regret to inform you that due to a lifestyle contrary to the biblical worldview that we teach, we have decided to decline enrollment in Grace Academy. .”

“I mean, it’s so unfair,” Stratton said.

The couple say administrators tried to backtrack, saying they meant he didn’t come in because their family doesn’t go to church, even refunding the non-refundable application fee after receiving a call from a reporter.

“Now they’re not telling the truth about what ‘lifestyle’ means,” Stratton said.

Dane leads the nation’s largest LGBTQ service member advocacy group and isn’t afraid to fight.

“My work is based on advocating for equal rights for people, and it was just mind-blowing, and I couldn’t imagine it being put into words in an email,” she said. declared.

The couple say they at least want an apology, but are also considering legal action.

“We don’t want any extra special treatment for him, just that he be treated like any other student,” Stratton said.

As they prepare for summer, Brayden’s mums say they’re a little relieved he’s not going to Grace Academy, but that doesn’t make it any easier to talk to the 11-year-old.

“Having to tell him, like, it had nothing to do with you, you did everything right, is probably the hardest thing,” Dane said.

“Because it’s going to stay with him for the rest of his life, and I don’t know the repercussions of that,” she said.

News4 made several attempts to speak with the school’s principal and Grace Academy representatives, but they did not respond.

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