Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Attorney: Teacher Seized Christmas Candy Canes, Told Student ‘Jesus Is Not Allowed In School’
CBSLA.com) ^ | January 6, 2014 9:52 AM

Posted on 01/06/2014 1:09:57 PM PST by BenLurkin

WEST COVINA (CBSLA.com) — Religious freedom advocates are calling on the West Covina Unified School District to adopt policy changes and issue a formal apology after an alleged incident involving bullying against a Christian student.

Advocates for Faith & Freedom, an Irvine-based nonprofit law firm, issued a letter Monday on behalf of Isaiah Martinez, a first grader at Merced Elementary School who took traditional candy canes as Christmas gifts for his teacher, Valerie Lu, and classmates on Dec. 13, 2013, according to attorney Robert Tyler.

Each candy cane came with a message attached that recited the history of the candy cane, including references to the candy as a symbol of Jesus Christ, according to the letter (PDF) dated Jan. 6.

Attorneys say when Martinez brought the candy canes to class, Lu took possession of the candy canes, and after conferring with school principal Gordon Pfitzer, told Martinez that “Jesus is not allowed in school”.

Lu – at the apparent direction of Pfitzer – then ripped the candy cane message from each candy cane, threw the messages in the trash, and returned the candy canes back to Martinez for delivery to his classmates, according to attorneys.

In a statement, Tyler said the actions of the school district were “hostile and intimidating”, and called on officials to adopt an official policy that expressly prohibits school officials – including teachers – from “adopting any action or from engaging in any expression that can reasonably be viewed by a religiously affiliated student as disapproval of the student’s religion or hostile toward the student’s religion.”

“Advocates for Faith & Freedom has experienced a surge in phone calls from students and their parents across the country who are victims of religiously motivated bullying; not bullying by other students, but bullying by teachers and school officials,” said Tyler. “The pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction that public schools are becoming a place of hostility toward Christian and other religiously-based worldviews.”

In addition to policy changes, Tyler also called for the West Covina Unified School District to implement training for teachers and other school officials on the First Amendment, “particularly as it relates to the rights of students to express themselves with religious viewpoints”.

There was no immediate reaction to the letter from school district officials.

A statement on the school district’s website (PDF) states school “programs and activities shall be free from discrimination, including harassment, with respect to a student’s actual or perceived sex, ethnic group identification, race, national origin, religion” and other characteristics.


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: california; candycanes; isaiahmartinez; mercedelementary; westcovina
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-75 next last

1 posted on 01/06/2014 1:09:57 PM PST by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Welcome to Communism! They will be teaching them to goose step and how to hate this country. Once again, we need to stop the NEA.


2 posted on 01/06/2014 1:13:45 PM PST by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Candy Canes are ....errr ....well candy canes, no more religious than frosty or Rudolph....

the teacher’s use of the word ‘Jesus’, should get her suspended.....


3 posted on 01/06/2014 1:15:34 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I’m glad to see that the names of the teacher and principal are published.


4 posted on 01/06/2014 1:15:44 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

If the kid had brought in Korans, the teachers & staff would have lined up every student to receive one.


5 posted on 01/06/2014 1:16:27 PM PST by twister881
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

“perceived sex”

interesting


6 posted on 01/06/2014 1:16:49 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Busko
Matthew 10:33

21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

33 But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven.

7 posted on 01/06/2014 1:17:43 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

There is an active effort to eliminate Christianity.


8 posted on 01/06/2014 1:18:35 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Candy canes don’t have anything to do with Christianity, if I recall. Those are all tall tales, but harmless.


9 posted on 01/06/2014 1:18:41 PM PST by martiangohome
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Farnsworth

Yes, male HS student: “I perceive that I am a female today. Think I’ll wander around the girls locker room.”


10 posted on 01/06/2014 1:19:34 PM PST by twister881
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

who would want Valerie Lu as their child’s teacher?


11 posted on 01/06/2014 1:20:11 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: twister881

sure, why not!


12 posted on 01/06/2014 1:20:18 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: twister881

The teacher and principal need to be asked if Muhamed is allowed in school.


13 posted on 01/06/2014 1:20:31 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Of course the natural question is.... What if it had been a muslim student with messages about his religion?

It would have been perfectly acceptable and the teacher would not dream of infringing on his freedom of religion, less the muslim community would have been in an uproar, the teacher would be fired and the school hit with a discrimination lawsuit.

War on Christians in America continues...


14 posted on 01/06/2014 1:20:50 PM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Well, on the other hand, you have to consider the possibility that a first grade boy could be confused for the United States Congress and that a candy cane with a message might well be construed to be a law establishing a state religion. There is no doubt the boy (Congress) was passing a candy cane (law), and that is not allowed.


15 posted on 01/06/2014 1:21:36 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Five years, my brain hurts a lot.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

The parent never should have put this poor little kid through this

Found this on the internet (note, I hate snopes):

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/candycane.asp

But I have seen various iterations of this message of the candy cane and believe it to be completely hokey and opportunistic “preaching” or “Christian outreach” and this little kid’s parent ought to be ashamed for sending such a thing to a public school. S/he would have to be a complete dolt not to realize it was going to cause a problem and to use his/her child in such a fashion is manipulative and abusive.

The teacher and the school acted foolishly too, heaping further humiliation and abuse on this poor kid.

All the adults acted abominably.


16 posted on 01/06/2014 1:21:41 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I think this was an overreaction, BUT, the parent of this child set him up. If he was simply passing out candy canes, even red and white ones, that should have passed ‘muster’. These candy canes were wrapped showing printed copy that referred to the Bible. Of course, to me, no problem, but to the Poorly Trained-but Fully Indoctrinated-Teacher Product of today, that changes a candy share into prosletyzing in one instant. Blinking Red Lights!! For the time being, don’t set you little kids up for a shouted NO! from a teacher. That ruins a kids day.


17 posted on 01/06/2014 1:21:45 PM PST by lee martell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cowboy Bob

They should also publish their phone number and email address. These people need to be publicly outed and ridiculed into submission.


18 posted on 01/06/2014 1:21:50 PM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MrB

Willing to be they’ve got a room decked out with prayer rugs & Korans & foot washing stations, halal food available in the cafeteria, and history books with seven chapters about how great is Islam. No evidence or mention of Christianity allowed, though.


19 posted on 01/06/2014 1:23:49 PM PST by twister881
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Vaquero

> Candy Canes are ....errr ....well candy canes, no more religious than frosty or Rudolph....

Correct. Candy canes were originally sold as a tummy ache remedy for children (they contained peppermint, a mild child safe analgesic). It wasn’t until many years later that the red stripe was added and it became a Christmas candy.


20 posted on 01/06/2014 1:24:09 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

What is it about Jesus that makes so many otherwise stable left-wing radicals become so unhinged?


21 posted on 01/06/2014 1:24:41 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: twister881

“If the kid had brought in Korans, the teachers & staff would have lined up every student to receive one.....”

...or a condom


22 posted on 01/06/2014 1:25:31 PM PST by Huskrrrr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I saw a movie “Last Ounce of Courage” about being able to freely celebrate Christmas in the public square. I loved it. The liberals are hitting any board, like IMDB and Amazon, sneering at the movie.


23 posted on 01/06/2014 1:27:15 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I’m sure the teacher had no problem having two weeks off for Christmas vacation,though!


24 posted on 01/06/2014 1:27:46 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: silverleaf
who would want Valerie Lu as their child's teacher?

If physical force was used unnecessarily to "rip off messages" then throw them in the trash, it could be a sign of some mental disturbance within that woman.

Just my opinion.

25 posted on 01/06/2014 1:28:35 PM PST by Peter Libra
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

The anti-Jesus Nazis never rest.


26 posted on 01/06/2014 1:29:27 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Farnsworth

Percieved sex is the new law in CA. Students may use restrooms, enter gym classes, and apply for anything else they desire based upon where the stuent feel the most comfortable.

Sooo, a male student can claim, without any evidence, that they are actual a female trapped in a males body; and oh by the way they are attracked to other females so they are actually a lesbian.


27 posted on 01/06/2014 1:30:20 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

So we been keepin’ Jesus out of schools for a few decades now hows that working for is ..is violence down?
bullying down? shcool shootings down? respect for authority up? hello?
Maybe its time to try something differnt this surely is NOT WORKING
freegards
LEX


28 posted on 01/06/2014 1:30:21 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vaquero
In the article, we have

Lu – at the apparent direction of Pfitzer – then ripped the candy cane message from each candy cane, threw the messages in the trash, and returned the candy canes back to Martinez for delivery to his classmates, according to attorneys.

Unmentioned is what the message was (possibly a Gospel quote?), which was attached to the canes.

29 posted on 01/06/2014 1:31:41 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ZULU

Evil doesn’t like being challenged.


30 posted on 01/06/2014 1:32:08 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: abigail2; AgThorn; al baby; BAW; bboop; BenLurkin; Bob J; Bon of Babble; Brad's Gramma; ...
SoCal Ping!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Attention Southern Californians

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Please ping me with any Southern California related articles. Thank you!

If you want on or off this ping list, please FReepmail me.

31 posted on 01/06/2014 1:32:23 PM PST by EveningStar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin
an alleged incident involving bullying against a Christian student

Nice choice of words.

32 posted on 01/06/2014 1:32:37 PM PST by Carry_Okie (0-Care IS Medicaid; they'll pull a sheet over your head and take everything you own to pay for it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Wouldn’t “diversity” and “tolerance” dictate that the child be able to distribute the candy canes as originally packaged, then the teacher offer the opportunity for others of different beliefs to offer their views? I mean diversity is about sharing, not censorship, right? Isn’t that what we were told?


33 posted on 01/06/2014 1:33:33 PM PST by cincinnati65
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

http://mc-wcusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1232370300278&no_controls=t


34 posted on 01/06/2014 1:34:41 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

I stand by my habit of just reading the headlines....


35 posted on 01/06/2014 1:35:19 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.


36 posted on 01/06/2014 1:36:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I bet this school wouldnt have had any issue had this kid brought Koran’s for all the students..Unfortunately my state is already too far gone to be saved..Reagan loved California but if he were alive today he wouldnt recognize it


37 posted on 01/06/2014 1:37:56 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

...nor prohibit the free expression thereof

This is the second most “Liberals leave off the ending” quote.

#1 is after Jesus saves the woman from the stone throwers:

“go and sin no more”


38 posted on 01/06/2014 1:40:03 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cymbaline

Merced Elementary
website | map | bus schedule
GORDON PFITZER, Principal
1545 E Merced Avenue, West Covina, CA 91790
Tel: 626-931-1700 | Fax: 626-931-1704


39 posted on 01/06/2014 1:43:58 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

If anyone did that to my granddaughter, I’d be in jail just now.


40 posted on 01/06/2014 1:44:02 PM PST by JimSEA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PapaBear3625

The article at the linked site has a link to a PDF file that includes the message.


41 posted on 01/06/2014 1:44:42 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: icwhatudo

How about “judge not”?


42 posted on 01/06/2014 1:46:40 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

When did they acquire the right to destroy someone’s private property?


43 posted on 01/06/2014 1:47:05 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

It’s “for the common good.”


44 posted on 01/06/2014 1:48:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: Vendome

Apparently this Principal has no trouble kissing a large cow in front of the kids because its for a “good cause”.

http://sgvtribune.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge.asp?image=22504979&event=701228&CategoryID=33038&picnum=1&move=F#Image


45 posted on 01/06/2014 1:49:36 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: martiangohome
I've seen a few different origin stories for candy canes, and all of them have to do with Christianity. "J" for Jesus, a cane like a shepherd's cane (because Jesus is the Good Shepherd), white for Jesus' pure life, red stripes for the prophecy in Isaiah ("by his stripes, we are healed").

I do note that Snopes (unbiased purveyors of truth that they are) regard the origin story from Cologne, Germany as "false" because they can't prove it's true.

46 posted on 01/06/2014 1:49:59 PM PST by The Grammarian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ZULU
What is it about Jesus that makes so many otherwise stable left-wing radicals become so unhinged?

Better Question is....

What is it about Jesus that makes so many otherwise stable Right-Wingers become so unhinged?

47 posted on 01/06/2014 1:51:40 PM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: MrB

Not only will he kiss a cow for a good cause, but he will train kids in good “moral” values thru......(wait for it)....recycling.

“It’s amazing how much the students have learned about recycling,” said Gordon Pfitzer, principal at Merced Elementary.”You can already see how a program like this instills important values in our children. I hope it inspires them to continue recycling at school and at home.”

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/students-read-write-and-recycle-150462625.html


48 posted on 01/06/2014 1:52:44 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Documentation File on taxpayer funded bullying by anti Religion bigots.


49 posted on 01/06/2014 1:54:31 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: martiangohome
Candy canes don’t have anything to do with Christianity, if I recall. Those are all tall tales, but harmless.

The candy cane was created to tell the story of Christ.

White symbolized the virgin birth and sinless life of Jesus.

It is a hard candy symbolizing Jesus as the Rock and foundation of the Church and the solidness of God keeping his promises.

It is made in the form of a J for the name of Jesus and as a staff representing the Good Shepherd

Red stripes....three small ones represent the scourging of Jesus and the large one, the blood shed by Christ on the cross. Red for blood.

Even the flavor had a meaning.

50 posted on 01/06/2014 1:56:07 PM PST by Lady Heron
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-75 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson