'A school has sacked a Christian member of staff after she posted online protests against transgender teaching at her son's primary.
Kristie Higgs, 43, was a pastoral assistant at a Gloucestershire academy but a disciplinary panel there decided that she had used language which demeaned its gay, lesbian and transgender pupils.
The mother-of-two, who had worked at the secondary school for six years with an unblemished record, posted objections on her personal Facebook page to the use of two children's books at her son's Church of England primary.
She also invited her Facebook followers to sign a petition against compulsory sex education in primary schools, which is to be introduced next year.
Mrs Higgs' sacking from Farmor's School, in Fairford, Gloucestershire, came after a sole anonymous email complaint which accused her of 'posting homophobic and prejudiced views'.
A disciplinary panel found she was guilty of gross misconduct because there was 'potential' for the school's reputation to be harmed, though the panel admitted 'there was no actual evidence' that this had happened.
Mrs Higgs said her Christian views on sex education were 'shared by hundreds of thousands' of parents.
'As soon as the investigation began I was repeatedly told 'This is nothing to do with your religion'. That was clearly a legal tactic and of course it has everything to do with my religion.' She is to take her case to an employment tribunal.
The primary school attended by Mrs Higgs' son attracted her disapproval after it adopted 'No Outsiders' teaching about sexual minorities. The same programme has generated a row between schools and Muslim parents in Birmingham.'
Read more: Devoutly Christian secondary school assistant, 43, is sacked after posting petition against transgender issues being taught at her son's CofE primary
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