Teen told she can’t return to school over her musical performances

Bailey Griggs, a Gaston teenager and singer-songwriter, was recently expelled from Cramerton Christian Academy, just before her senior year of high school.

According to the family, 17-year-old Griggs was told she would not be allowed to return for her senior year of high school because she performs in places where alcohol is served.

In an email to her mother, Jennifer Griggs, the school said Bailey will not be eligible to enroll in the academy’s homeschooled first-grade classes next year because of a policy that prohibits students from “visiting nightclubs or bars” and “attending gatherings where alcohol or drugs are present.”

According to Griggs, she started singing when she was 10 and her career took off almost immediately.

After years of taking singing lessons and doing small shows, she booked a gig at the Apollo Theater in New York City and was soon discovered by producer Kent Wells, who also produced Dolly Parton.

During that time, she began to travel more and more for work and her parents decided to homeschool her.

Although Griggs is essentially homeschooled, she took lessons from Cramerton Christian Academy’s bridge program, which allowed her to participate in school sports and enjoy some of the standard teenage experiences.

Jenniffer Griggs said she had offered her daughter the chance to graduate early several times, but Bailey Griggs turned down the opportunity because she was determined to graduate high school with her classmates and enjoy her senior year.

“This was the only thing she did that was normal in her life,” Jennifer Griggs said.

Bailey Griggs was the captain of the cheerleading team, an active member of Cramerton Christian’s church and a motivational speaker who occasionally visits young children to talk about achieving their dreams, at the request of other schools in the area, her mother said.

Bailey Griggs said she has made many friends over the past five years at Cramerton Christian and was looking forward to her senior year.

“They tore that away,” her mother said,

The family said they are not asking leaders to reconsider their decision.

“At this point, I don’t think she would feel comfortable going back to that school,” Jennifer Griggs said.

However, they do believe the rule should apply to everyone, they said.

Jennifer Griggs said students and teachers at Cramerton Christian Academy should be very careful not to eat at a restaurant that serves alcohol, which is common these days.

Cramerton Christian responded to an email from The Government Gazette and said, “The Homeschool Bridge program has very high standards that all students must adhere to. We do not enroll students who do not meet those standards.”

Bailey Griggs said that she has always been open and honest about her career from the beginning and has never hidden her performances from the public or social media.

The family is exploring other homeschooling programs in the area where she can finish high school.

As for her career, Bailey Griggs said she will continue performing.

In August she will perform with Josh Sanders at Coyote Joes in Charlotte.