School apologises to worker who shared gay marriage views with pupil

A school has apologised to a school teaching assistant it disciplined for sharing her views on gay marriage with a 14-year-old student.

The teaching assistant, 51-year-old Victoria Allen, threatened to take Brannel School in Cornwall to an employment tribunal over the dispute.

The dispute was later settled after a private hearing at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court.

According to reports, she had told the pupil that she did not agree with same sex relationships and she was unhappy that the rainbow emblem was used to represent gay pride.

Andy Edmonds, head teacher at Brannel School, said: “[We] recognised Victoria Allen’s right to share her Christian beliefs with students and have apologised for any upset that Victoria Allen may have felt during the disciplinary process.”

Mrs Allen said she was made to “feel like a criminal” for sharing her “personal, Biblical beliefs”.

She further said that she believes the rainbow emblem should indicate “God’s promise not to flood the world again”.

“If a child asks my personal opinion I feel I should give it,” she said in a statement.

Libby Powell, who supported Mrs Allen’s claim, said: “Vicky was asked a question about her personal opinion.

“We know that there are lots of people who disagree with the Biblical view of marriage and they are free to disagree.

“What we want to say is that there has to be space for the other point of view, Vicky’s point of view, to be there as well.”

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