A Montessori school in Tarrant County has turned away a 3-year-old because he has two moms.
Dawn and Tracy Kelly wanted to enroll their son, Landry, at New Beginnings Montessori School in Bedford.
A tour of the school went well, and Dawn Kelly specifically asked whether it was OK if Landry had same-sex parents. A teacher told her yes, but an hour later the phone rang.
“It was the director, and she said, ‘We are not going be able to enroll Landry in our school because it’s against my religion, and we don’t live that way,’” Dawn Kelly told WFAA.
Kelly said although the couple had always expected to encounter discrimination at some point, the call was “pretty devastating.”
When WFAA contacted the school’s director, Shamain Webster, she confirmed what she’d told Kelly, but said the owner of the school — her father — wanted to allow them to apply. The couple said thanks but no thanks.
Because the school is private, it is within its legal rights to reject an applicant based on religious beliefs. And it’s not the first time in recent memory that a Bedford school has turned away a student with same-sex parents. In 2010, St. Vincent’s Cathedral School rejected a 4-year-old because she had two moms.
Watch WFAA’s report below.