8-year-old girl kicked out of Christian school over 'crush' on female student

A second-grade student in Oklahoma was expelled from her Christian elementary school last week after telling another female student that she had a crush on her, according to multiple outlets.

Chloe Shelton, a former student at Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Okla., was removed from class after making the comment to her classmate.

Her mother, Delanie Shelton, told CNN that Chloe was held in the principal's office for a period of time following the incident. 


"Before I was even called, the vice principal told Chloe that the Bible says that women can only have children with a man," Shelton said. "(The vice principal) asked me how I feel about girls liking girls and I told her that I see no issue with it."

Upon picking up her daughter, Shelton was told not to bring her daughter to school the following day.

The school's superintendent notified Shelton the next day that 8-year-old Chloe, as well as Shelton's 5-year-old son, were no longer welcome as students at the school, according to CNN.

"I was so blindsided. I was angry, hurt, betrayed, sad... so many different emotions. I just couldn't believe it," Shelton told CNN. "I asked him to have a sit down meeting to discuss it and process it better and he refused, saying that 'nothing more needed to be discussed.'"

Shelton told local outlet Fox23 News that Chloe was upset over the expulsion.

"My daughter was crying saying ‘Does God still love me?’"


In a statement to CNN, Superintendent Joel Pepin stated, "Due to privacy and other factors, it is the school's policy to refrain from public comments regarding any particular student or family."

"They ripped my kids out of the only school they’ve ever really known away from their teachers and friends they’ve had over the past four years over something my daughter probably doesn’t know or fully understand," Shelton told Fox23 News.

Rejoice Christian School did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.