A Louisville, Ky. Christian school and a conservative news outlet are being sued by two parents who say their daughter was expelled for celebrating her birthday with a rainbow-decorated cake, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.
The lawsuit says Whitefield Academy was in breach of contract by not following its disciplinary procedures before kicking out the 15-year-old girl and effectively outing her as homosexual.
The suit also accuses The American Conservative magazine of defamation and invasion of privacy through an article headlined “Rainbow Cake Girl: The True Story” that featured photos from the girl’s Instagram account and accused her mother, Kimberly Alford, of duping “the mainstream media” regarding her dismissal from the school.
The American Conservative story makes the point that the girl’s case has been drastically misrepresented by the mainstream media, for the purpose of slandering a Christian school.
Other defendants are Bruce Jacobson, head of school at Whitefield Academy; Rod Dreher, author of the American Conservative article; and the American Ideas Institute, which publishes the magazine.
The American Conservative declined to comment to The Courier Journal on Friday.
Jacobson told The Courier Journal that the school does not comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit, filed Jan. 23 in Jefferson Circuit Court, asks for unspecified damages and a jury trial. It says the girl — identified only by her initials, K.K. — had “never publicly disclosed her sexuality” and never disclosed it to Whitefield Academy or her parents.
But after her expulsion and “media involvement in this case,” the lawsuit says, the girl was forced to confront her sexuality in a very public way.
Evidence revealed in the American Conservative story, however, refutes the lawsuit’s claims.