A Canadian principal is reportedly facing some backlash from parents after she posted images on social media that showed off her love for the classic rock band, Iron Maiden.
According to UCR, Sharon Burns, the school’s principal, displayed the well-known rock “devil horns” hand gesture with a handmade sign that featured the number 666. The images were notably posted on a public Instagram account that is used for school purposes.
The parents started a petition on Change.org called “Eden High School Principal, Sharon Burns, Needs to Be Transferred Immediately!” The parents did state that the petition wasn’t about Iron Maiden, but for the “love for 666.”
The petition further reads, “This petition is about a principal of a school openly displaying her OWN handmade sign with the 666 clearly displayed on it. Which she knows full well what that SATANIC SYMBOL means to the vast majority of families in her school. AND she put it on a PROFESSIONAL, public @edenprincipal account on social media, NOT A PRIVATE ONE. Which she very easily could have done.”
The petition’s creators also state if the Iron Maiden loving principal wouldn’t have posted a picture of the handmade 666 sign, there wouldn’t be an uproar. “Nobody cares what band she likes. This is not about her choice in what she listens to. That would be petty and nonsensical.”
The organizers also note that the community and schools are supposed to be about kindness, equality, and inclusion. But the Iron Maiden image displayed “Satanic symbols” that mock and isolate large segments of the community.
The parent’s petition organizers also note that the community and schools are supposed to be about kindness, equality, and inclusion. But the Iron Maiden image displayed “Satanic symbols” that mock and isolate large segments of the community.
Students Rally Behind the Iron Maiden Loving Principal to Keep Her at the School
After the parent’s petition was launch, students at Eden High School rallied behind Sharon Burns with their own petition, which is titled “We need Mrs. Burns.”
In the student petition organizers stated in their petition that it is ridiculous that a couple of parents are judging Burns’ role as a principal based on an Instagram post about liking Iron Maiden.
“Eden High School is a public school. Not a Christian school. If you somehow don’t like the principal of your child, grandchild, relative, etc.’s school, then send them to another one.”
The organizers further revealed the Iron Maiden loving principal has made so many efforts to remind students that Eden is a diverse place. “She has even turned a whole room into a prayer room for students hoar e practicing religions other than Christianity. She has made Eden a safe space for so many people.”
So far, the parent’s petition has received nearly 400 signatures. The students’ petition received more than 9,300 signatures.