Sunday, 23 Jan 2022

Parents want heavy-metal music fan headteacher sacked – but students fight back

Teenager students are fighting the power in true heavy metal style in a bid to keep their school's headteacher in a job – after she faced calls to resign for being a fan of Iron Maiden.

High schoolers at Eden High School in St. Catharines, Ontario are rallying behind their metalhead principal after concerned parents petitioned to have her removed because she listens to Iron Maiden.

The students started a petition of their own in support of Mrs Sharon Burns saying “She spreads nothing but love and kindness, and is probably one of the best and most enthusiastic principals the school has ever had.”

The petition responds to the one from parents, who want the principal removed from the school’s administrative office for stating on Instagram that she listens to the heavy metal rock legends.

The petition laid out by the parents reads: “As concerned parents with impressionable children at Eden High School in St. Catharines, Ontario, we are deeply disturbed that the principal assigned to the school blatantly showed Satanic symbols and her allegiance to Satanic practices on her public social media platforms where all the students can see them under @edenprincipal (not her personal account).

"Our school is based on inclusion, and openly displaying Satanic symbols (on a public social media platform) that directly goes against the principles of the vast majority of families who represent the school, is not inclusive.

"As parents we are demanding her transfer to another school. Please replace her with another principal who aligns with the values of the families at Eden and will not sabotage the teaching or upholding of those values and will not try to introduce impressionable students to Satanic practices or symbolism.”

In retaliation, the students started a petition of their own, calling for people not to judge Mrs Burns’ role as principal on the basis of an Instagram post.

The petition starts: “Recently, there has been a petition going around to “remove” the principal of Eden high school,” continuing, “if you somehow don’t like the principal of your child, grandchild, relative etc.’s school, then send them to another one.”

Listing the educator’s efforts to make Eden a diverse and inclusive environment, the statement continued: ”She has even turned a whole room into a prayer room for students who are practicing religions other than Christianity, like practicing Islam.

"She has made Eden a safe space for so many people. If you would like to bring some light to this whole petition, please consider signing!”

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