A Florida mother claims that her 4-year-old son was expelled from a Christian school after she complained about its "ignorant" staff on Facebook.
Ashley Habat took her son to Sonshine Christian Academy, a private Christian preschool, for school picture day. Habat was running late and when she got to the school, she told an administrator that she thought parents were not given enough notice about picture day. After leaving Sonshine, she took to Facebook to air her frustrations.
"Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike [sic] about Will's school? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant? – at Sonshine Christian Academy," Habat wrote, thinking that her post was private.
The following day, Habat dropped her son off at the school and was asked to drop by the administrator's office, where she was told that her son would no longer be able to attend. She received a letter of dismissal, which informed her of the reasons why the 4-year-old had been expelled.
The "relationship with Sonshine did not get off to a very good start on the first day of school … You utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff… These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed," the letter read, according to press reports.
Sonshine Christian Academy's handbook is posted online and includes a "Parent/Legal Guardian's Statement of Support," which has the following requirement: "The school reserves the right to dismiss any student when either the parent/guardian does not cooperate with the policies of the preschool." "If we become dissatisfied with Sonshine Christian Academy Preschool in any way we will strive to resolve the matter with the person(s) involved as privately as lovingly as possible, rather than spreading criticism and negativism (Matt. 18:15-17; 5:23-24)," another statement of support reads.
The school did not respond to a request.