WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita Christian school is responding to a report over expelling students with gay relatives in its application process after several websites have picked up the story.
Trinity Academy is a private high school located in northeast Wichita and is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
In a statement of understanding and agreement for the application process to the school, Trinity states the following:
Given the debate and confusion in our society about marriage and human sexuality it is vital that Trinity families agree with and support the school’s traditional, Christian understanding of those issues. Therefore, when the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to the school’s understanding of a biblical lifestyle, including the practice or promotion of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) lifestyle or alternative gender identity, the school should have the right, in its sole discretion, to deny the admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a current student.”
However, Trinity says the application process is designed to make sure new families know who they are and what they believe. The school goes on to say they hold biblical views on human sexuality and gay marriage and that they want prospective families to understand that.
Trinity says in a statement to KSN News that it would not and has not denied admission to a student simply because they have a sibling who is gay. They go on to to say they would neither necessarily deny admission to a student with same-sex attraction. Trinity says they do not condone sexual activity of any kind for their students whether heterosexual or homosexual.
Here is the full statement Trinity sent to KSN News.
The foundation of Trinity Academy’s success is that we are dedicated to partnering with our families for the education of their students. Because of this dedication, our entire application process is designed to make sure new families know who we are and what we believe. Trinity Academy holds biblical views on human sexuality and gay marriage and we want prospective families to understand that. We feel that this is only fair given the disagreement and discord in our society over such issues. It is then up to the family as to whether they feel they can partner with Trinity and support these biblical Christian views.
Trinity would not and has not denied admission to a student simply because they have a sibling who is gay. Neither would we necessarily deny admission to a student with same sex attraction. We do not condone sexual activity of any kind for our students whether heterosexual or
Again, Trinity’s whole intent is to make sure families know what we believe so we can partner together successfully for the good of the students.