A single mother of three is speaking out after an Ohio Christian school expelled her daughters because she’s not married and her kids have different fathers.
As the Akron Beacon Journal reports, Summer Grant, 30, attended both public and private schools in Akron, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania growing up.
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Based on those experiences she knew she wanted her children to attend a private Christian school.
As a result, she sent her daughter — fourth grader Summara and second grader Summaia — to the Chapel Hill Christian Schools. The schools are made up of two campuses and offer classes from preschool to sixth grade, WYKC reports.
Grant reportedly told WKYC that her 10-year-old and 7-year-old daughters have attended the schools for years.
However, the mom states that when Summaia began first grade, John Wilson, the school administrator, began asking personal questions.
For example, Grant says Wilson often asked her when she planned to marry her current partner at the time, her youngest daughter’s dad.
Further, he would question her about who her children lived with and where.
“Honestly, I thought it was just coming from a place of being a pastor and just being concerned and wanting the best for us, at first. It just started to be uncomfortable because it was just all the time.”
Further, in July, Grant says that during a meeting set to discuss her kids’ scholarships for the following school year Wilson asked her:
“How we can get your household to live biblically moral?”
Grant believes that Wilson was more concerned about her personal decisions than her daughters’ scholarships.
She tearfully recalled:
“It wasn’t about whether they had their scholarship in place.It was more or less about me just not living right … It was an uncomfortable conversation, but I sat through it because I really wanted my children to go to the school.”
Despite these “uncomfortable” conversations Grant and Wilson were having, the girls hadn’t had any issues in school. Well, that was until April 17, 2019.
Grant explained that on that day, a bus driver and her daughter Summara had a misunderstanding. The bus driver reportedly asked her to sit at the front of the bus because she wasn’t listening.
However, Grant says that Summara was talking with a friend at the time and did not hear him.
The following day, Grant went to address the incident with the driver. She says during the conversation, he became rude and eventually called the cops. However, officers did not arrest anyone, WKYC reports.
Ohio mom says Christian school expelled her kids because she’s unmarried and they have different fathers.
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As the Akron Beacon Journal reports, Wilson called Grant the next afternoon to tell her that her daughters could not return to the school after that day. However, Grant says that Wilson told her the bus altercation was not the reason for their dismissal.
“He said no. He said the bus incident just shed a light on many problems that we have with you.”
Further, Grant says the administrator told her that the school had been trying to “be lenient,” but “we just feel like it’s not a good fit.”
Grant, who recorded the conversation, says his real reason was because she was “living in sin.”
She told WKYC:
“He said it was many reasons and the main one was because I was not married and my children had different fathers.”
In the recording, the pastor tells Grant that she’s violating the school’s covenant by living with someone she’s not married to, WKYC reports.
“There’s 10 commandments and committing adultery is not part of that. It’s not that they should not go to the school it’s that they can’t go to the school.”
Although, Grant states that she’s never been married so it’s not possible for that to be true. Further, she says that many other students’ parents are not married, yet they have not been expelled.
According to WKYC, Wilson refused to speak on camera but released a statement.
He said that parents signed a “written agreement to conduct themselves in accordance with expressed guidelines of conducts in hopes of ensuring the physical safety of our students.”
Although, Grant said that she never signed this agreement.
Further, Wilson said the “dismissal was necessary in order to protect the safety of our school children and their families.”
“I never want to dismember a school or tear a school down or anything like that, but I don’t believe that this is right, and I feel like this man needs to know that he’s wrong. As a man of God, you’re never supposed to turn your back on somebody who falls short. I just want him to know that this is not right.”
With only 30 days left in the school year, Grant feels that homeschooling her girls may be her only option.
However, she fears that this may mess up future opportunities for private school scholarships.