Friday, 09 September 2011 23:01

Christian School Encouraged A Lesbian To Leave

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Rachel Aviles, one of the most popular student of The Master's School, a Christian school in West Simsbury, taking part in the activities and being up to receive awards at the end of the year, in short, the kind of student that all schools dream about, have been suddenly invited to leave the school. You will have guessed it, Rachel Aviles is lesbian.

Hartford Courant reports that during last spring she went on a class trip where several students, Aviles among them, pretended to be married. They made "wifey" phone calls to one another. They held hands — not unusual among same-sex friends at Master's, Aviles said.

"Looking back, it was kind of stupid," said Aviles, "But it was harmless."

The administration of the school did not like this game and then requested from each student to say their sexual orientation and Aviles said that she is lesbian.

The school had then strongly encouraged her to leave the school, rather than be expelled.

Aviles' former coach, Heather Lodovico, tried to reverse the school's decision but it didn't work.

"She's a fantastic kid," said Lodovico. "My reaction was: 'Wow. Your God's really small.' Whether it's a sin or not, take that out of the picture, and this is still wrong. I think God's up there shaking His head going, 'Really? Really?'

"From what I understand from talking to Master's, it wasn't the place for her," she said. "She wasn't a Christian and since she believed she's gay, Master's was not a fix for her. She could withdraw or they would expel her."

"I wouldn't say they were liberal, but they were laid-back," said Lodovico. "I never saw anything about Master's that would lead me to believe they would do something like this. One of the things they pride themselves on is they let kids be unique and express themselves."

Lodovico has since moved to Florida to teach and coach.

"They say they accept all religions, they don't discriminate," she said. "They're holding their standards, but those are not even made clear."

The website mentions nothing about sexual orientation, and there is no faith clause, she said.

"I think my big problem with the church and Christian schools is if you're going to accept folks outside the religion, how do they know what the standards are?" said Lodovico. "If you don't make those clear, then let's let kids know what they're getting into. Let parents know."