BEDFORD — A same-sex Bedford couple said they received mixed messages from a Montessori school they toured when searching for programs for their son.
"We knew this day was going to come. You can’t prepare for it though... to be rejected," said Tracy Keller.
She and her wife Dawn know the life they share isn’t accepted by everyone, but say their sons shouldn’t have to suffer for it.
They'd like to sign up three-year-old Landry at a Montessori school, and on Tuesday, Dawn toured New Beginnings Montessori School in Bedford.
"I just knew when he got in the classroom that this a good place for him," she said.
Dawn said she proceeded to ask a teacher her typical questions and recounted the exchange:
"I said, 'Well, do you have any religious affiliation?' And she said, 'No; we have all kinds of people here.' And I said, 'He has two moms... is that going to be an issue?' And she said, 'No, that’s not a problem.'"
But an hour after that, the phone rang.
"It was the director, and she said, 'We are not going be able to enroll Landry in our school because it’s against my religion, and we don’t live that way,"' Dawn quoted her as saying.
"We know there are some schools that we can’t go to. And, you know what? We just go someplace else," Dawn said. "But the call was pretty devastating."
New Beginnings director Shamain Webster confirmed to News 8 what she told the Kellers. As a private school, New Beginnings can turn families away.
But that’s not what happened after News 8 called.
"The owner of the school does not share my beliefs, and he would like to allow them to submit an application," Webster said, explaining that the school's owner is her father.
The Kellers were grateful, but they’ll be looking elsewhere.
"It's obvious this is not a place for him," said Dawn. "It’s not like we’re out to advertise, or anything like that... we just want some place that’ll welcome us just like everybody else."