Parents petition to have headteacher who loves Iron Maiden removed

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Parents of students at a high school in the Canadian province of Ontario have launched a petition to remove the principal, who is a fan of heavy metal music, because it contains “satanic symbols”.

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Signed by more than 500 people, the petition by parents of Eden High School in St. Catharines called for the removal of principal Sharon Burns after she posted photos showing their support for British metal legend Iron Maiden on her social media account. was posted.

“As parents with impressionable children at Eden High School…we are deeply disturbed that the principal assigned to the school has clearly expressed their allegiance to satanic symbols and satanic practices on their public social media platforms. shown, where all the students can see them under @ edenprincipal (not his personal account),” the petition said.


Titled “Eden High School Principal, Sharon Burns, Needs to Be Transferred Instant”, the petition was created by parent Debbie Lynn.

On Friday, the petition was updated to state that seeking her transfer is not because of her love for the metal, but to “openly display her own handmade sign with 666 on it”. is to be displayed.

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Photos included in the petition included a photo of Ms Burns on Instagram with a “Devil’s horn” sign with Iron Maiden decorations behind her. The principal also reportedly posted a photo of a doll featuring the band’s zombie mascot Eddie, along with a handwritten note that read “666”.

Both photos were later taken down by Ms. Burns.

The number 666 is used to represent the Antichrist or the Devil and is featured prominently in artwork by the band known for albums such as number of animals.

Iron Maiden, a group formed in East London in 1975, has used satanic symbolism throughout albums such as fear of the dark, dance of death And the final Frontier.

Meanwhile, a counter-petition supporting Ms Burns has garnered more than 19,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

“It is ridiculous that some parents judge her role as a principal based only on one Instagram post. (Just about liking the Iron Maiden band. That’s it.) Eden High School is a public school. Not a Christian school,” said the petition, titled “We need Mrs. Burns”.


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