Christian worker challenges sacking from Farmor’s School, Fairford

A Christian school assistant who was sacked for posting on Facebook about plans to teach LGBT relationships in primary schools is set to have her legal case heard.

Kristie Higgs, 44, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Farmor’s School in Fairford last year.

The hearing takes place at Bristol Employment Tribunal on September 21-25.

In late October 2018, the mother of two shared two posts on her private Facebook page which raised concerns about sex education classes at her son’s primary school.

The first post by Mrs Higgs, who was posting on Facebook under her maiden name, encouraged people to sign a petition against making relationships education mandatory.

In another post, Mrs Higgs shared an article on the rise of transgender ideology in children’s books in American schools.

Mrs Higgs, who worked at the school as a pastoral worker and administrator for seven years, claims senior staff compared her views to ‘pro-Nazi’. 

The Christian Legal Centre is supporting Mrs Higgs’s case.

Lawyers representing Mrs Higgs will argue that her sacking breached her freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Ahead of the hearing, Mrs Higgs said: “Nothing could have prepared me for what happened. I was told that the reasons behind my sacking were nothing to do with my Christian beliefs – it had everything to do with my Christian beliefs.

“The whole experience broke my heart.

“I have been punished for sharing concerns about Relationships and Sex Education My number one concern has always been the effect that learning about sex and gender in school will have on children at such a young age. I have not discriminated against anyone. 

“Through my case I want there to be renewed freedom for others, especially Christians, to express their beliefs and opinions without fear of losing their jobs.”

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