An Ohio mother demanded action on Friday after her two young daughters were removed from their private Christian school because she ‘committed adultery.’
Summer Grant, 30, told WYKC that her daughters – fourth grader Summara and second grader Summaia – have attended the Chapel Hill Christian Schools for years.
The schools offer preschool to six grade classes and has two campuses in Cuyahoga Falls and Springfield Township.
Grant shared that her 10-year-old and seven-year-old daughters were dismissed from the Cuyahoga Falls location last Friday, with just 30 days left in the school year.
The school’s reason: Grant was allegedly ‘living in sin.’
‘He said it was many reasons and the main one was because I was not married and my children had different fathers,’ Grant explained.
The mother recorded a conversation she had with administrative pastor John Wilson, who said that the mother was violating the school’s covenant by having children with different fathers and living with a significant other while not being married.
‘There’s 10 commandments and committing adultery is not part of that,’ Pastor Wilson can be heard saying in footage. ‘It’s not that they should not go to the school it’s that they can’t go to the school.’
Grant described her children as being great students and proudly showed off the many accolades and certificates the pair had gotten from their school.
She explained that the children had never been in trouble, save for a misunderstanding a bus driver had with one of her daughters last week.
The mother said that the driver wanted her child to sit in the front because he claimed she wasn’t listening. Grant said her daughter shared that she had been talking to a friend at the time and hadn’t heard the driver.
The next day, when the Akron resident tried to resolve the situation with the driver, she said that he became rude. He eventually called the cops but no one was arrested.
But Grant asserts that Wilson indicated that the incident had little to do with the school’s decision. ‘It’s not right,’ she declared. ‘It’s not right.’
Wilson and Grants have butted heads before about the mom’s private home life. She shared that at a July parent conference, Wilson asked her why her kids had three different fathers.
Grant also described how Wilson gave her eight recommendations on how to improve her life.
‘As Christian you are not supposed to judge,’ she said. ‘You shouldn’t have affected these kids education over that.’
Wilson is heard stating that having kids by the same man is a ‘strong recommendation’ but not a requirement in the recorded conversation. The mother claims that she isn’t the only parent that isn’t married with kids so she doesn’t get why her children were singled out.
Pastor Wilson released a statement with Jeff Sumner, the Board of Education Chairman for the schools, after refusing to go on camera. He claimed that parents sign a ‘written agreement to conduct themselves in accordance with expressed guidelines of conducts’ in hopes of ensuring the ‘physical safety of our students.’
The agreement is ‘meant to reflect a common commitment to the cause of Christ, foster the “Spirit of unity through the bond of peace,” and continue to extend the redemptive work of Christ in individual lives and the corporate life of God’s School.’
Wilson wouldn’t go into specifics but asserted that the ‘dismissal was necessary in order to protect the safety of our school children and their families.’
Grant asserted that she never signed an agreement of the sort.
She’s distraught as there are only 30 days left in the school year and its practically impossible to transfer the girls to a public school without losing their scholarships.
Grant hopes the school will change its mind, for the sake of the two girl’s education.
‘They don’t have a school,” she added. They don’t have anywhere to go to school right now. I don’t know what to do.’
The mother took to her Facebook to defend her past, stating that the ‘situation has really put’ her in a ‘bind mentally’ even though she is a ‘really good mother.’
‘I especially don’t want my kids to be judged for my actions,’ she said in the Friday post.
Grant continued: ‘I understand I’m not married and fornication would be what I committed not adultery! However I’ve been the same unmarried women with children who have different fathers since the day he first accepted me n my children and the money for them to attend and that’s where he’s wrong at. I’m sorry I didn’t get married in the time frame he thought I should of but I wanted to bad! But that’s just not what was for me at the time.’
In a later post, the woman defended her relationship with one of her daughter’s fathers after people directed the story to him to paint her in a negative light.