After an Insta post revealed she is an Iron Maiden super fan, parents have petitioned to have the heavy metal loving head teacher removed.
Parents of students at a Canadian high school petitioned to have the heavy metal-loving headteacher removed, only to be outnumbered by a counter petition in her favor.
Sharon Burns, the principle of Eden High School in St Catherines, Ontario, had shown that she was a fan of the metal band Iron Maiden by posting images on social media.
Due of the “satanic emblems” linked with the British band, parents initiated a Change.org campaign to get Burns removed as headteacher.
“As concerned parents of impressionable children at Eden High School… we are deeply disturbed that the principal assigned to the school blatantly displayed 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),” according to the Independent.
Before it was closed, the petition, titled “Eden High School Principal, Sharon Burns, Needs To Be Transferred Immediately,” had gotten over 550 signatures.
The petition was revised on Friday, noting that the desire for her transfer is based on her “openly exhibiting her own handmade sign with the 666 prominently shown on it,” rather than her love of metal.
The petition included an image of Ms Burns holding up the “devil horns” hand sign with Iron Maiden decor behind her, as seen on her Instagram.
A image of a doll of the band’s zombie mascot Eddie, together with a scribbled note saying “666,” was also purportedly shared by the headteacher.
Ms Burns appears to have taken down both photos.
However, after the petition was started by parent Debbi Lynn, a rival petition in favour of Ms Burns has been formed, with over 20,800 signatures already.
“[Ms Burns] has made Eden a safe haven for so many people,” the petition states.
“She is one of the best and most enthusiastic principals the school has ever had, spreading nothing but love and care.”
In the petition’s comments, parents of Eden High School students expressed their support for the headteacher.
“As the parent of two current Eden students, Mrs Burns has established one of the most inclusive school environments in the DSBN, gaining the support of both parents and children,” one remarked. MORE principals who are as active as she is are needed!”