More than 500 people have signed up, prompting the removal of Principal Sharon Burns after parents of Eden High School in St. Catharines posted pictures of her support on her social media account. The British Metal legends The Iron Maiden.
“As a parent associated with influential children at Eden High School … we are very disturbed when principals assigned to the school show their allegiance to demonic symbols and demonic practices on their public social media platforms. The Eden Principle (not her personal account),”
Titled “Eden High School Principal, Sharon Burns, Should Be Transferred Immediately,” the petition was created by parent Debbie Lynn.
On Friday, the application was updated, stating that the demand for her transfer was not due to her love of metal, but “clearly displayed with her own handmade sign 666”.
Included in the appeal is a picture of Ms Burns Instagram “Devil’s horns” holding the hand symbol with an Iron Maiden decoration on her back. The principal posted a picture of the band’s zombie mascot Eddie’s doll, along with a handwritten note “666”.
Both pictures were later taken by Ms Burns.
The number 666 is used to represent the antichrist or the devil and is featured prominently in the art of the band known for albums The number of the beast.
Iron Maiden, a group formed in East London in 1975, has used demonic symbols throughout the albums. Fear of darkness, The dance of death And The final boundary.
Meanwhile, a counter-petition supporting Ms Burns garnered more than 19,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
“It is ridiculous for a couple parents to judge the role of the principal based on an Instagram post. (About liking the Iron Maiden band. That’s all.) Eden High School is a public school. Not a Christian school.