A school has apologised to a Christian teaching assistant who told a pupil she did not approve of same sex relationships.
Victoria Allen, 51, also told the 14-year-old autistic boy she she was unhappy the rainbow was a symbol of gay pride, saying it should only be used to represent ‘God’s promise not to flood the world again.’
Brannel School in Cornwall gave her a written warning for her homophobic remarks.
But now they have apologised to her, after she threatened to take them to tribunal over the matter, saying she was being discriminated against for her religious beliefs and asking for compensation.
On Monday, the dispute was settled out of court.
Both parties spent the day behind closed doors at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court thrashing out an agreement.
A joint statement said head teacher Andy Edmonds ‘recognised Victoria Allen’s right to share her Christian beliefs with students and has apologised for any upset that Victoria Allen may have felt during the disciplinary process’.
Outside the court, Mrs Allen said she was made to ‘feel like a criminal’ for sharing her ‘personal, Biblical beliefs’.
She said she believes the rainbow emblem often used to represent the gay community should indicate ‘God’s promise not to flood the world again’.
Mrs Allen said the student asked her a direct question about her personal religious beliefs.
‘If a child asks my personal opinion I feel I should give it,’ she said.
In the statement, Mrs Allen acknowledged that staff ‘should share balanced views’.
Libby Powell of the Christian Legal Centre, which supported Mrs Allens’ 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.’