Skip to comments.Teacher Tells Student He Can't Read the Bible in Classroom
Posted on 05/05/2014 4:11:06 PM PDT by servo1969
A Florida school teacher humiliated a 12-year-old boy in front of an entire class after she caught him reading the Bible during free reading time.
The teacher, at Park Lakes Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, ordered Giovanni Rubeo to pick up the telephone on her desk and call his parents.
As the other students watched, the teacher left a terse message on the familys answering machine.
I noticed that he has a book a religious book in the classroom, she said on the recording. Hes not permitted to read those books in my classroom.
The Liberty Institute, a legal firm that specializes in religious liberty issues, is now representing the Rubeo family. They are demanding that Giovanni be allowed to read his Bible during free reading time. They also want the school to issue a written apology to the boy.
This is the most shocking piece of evidence Ive seen in the 12 years of religious liberty work that Ive been doing, said Hiram Sasser, the Liberty Institutes director of litigation.
I reached out to the superintendent of Broward County Schools as well as the chairman of the school board. Neither returned my messages.
Last Christmas Giovanni received a Bible from his local church. It quickly became a prized possession and one of his favorite books to read.
I love reading my Bible any time that Im allowed to read it, the boy told me in a telephone conservation.
So thats why Giovanni brought his Bible to school -- to read his Bible during a 90-minute session designated for free reading.
In February and March, the boys teacher ordered him to stop reading his Bible. During those instances, the child complied with his teachers demands. But, when his father discovered what happened, he began investigating and determined the school was violating his sons Constitutional rights.
From that point on, Rubeo told his son that if his teacher or anyone else at the school told him he could not read his Bible during free reading time, he was to politely ask the teacher to call home. And thats what happened on April 8. When the children pulled out their books, the teacher immediately targeted Giovanni.
When I was reading my Bible, she said, Giovanni, what book is that? I was a little afraid, he told me. She told me to put it on her desk and I said no.
When Giovanni conveyed his fathers instructions, she ordered him to walk to the front of the class and call home in front of the entire class. Rubeo was not at home, so the teacher left a message of which I have a copy.
I dont understand why a school would want to keep a child from reading his Bible during free reading time, he told me. And Ive never gotten an answer to that question.
After he received the teachers message, Rubeo contacted the school. He said the principal said she would have to turn the matter over to their legal department. Rubeo then wrote a letter to the school ordering them to cease and desist the harassment of his son.
This it to give you written notice to stop breaking the law & violating my son Giovanni Rubeos constitution first amendment right of free speech and religious expression, the letter states. Do NOT tell my son he cannot read his Bible during free reading hours during class or any time when students are allowed to read books of their choice.
Liberty Institute provided me with a response from Cynthia Dias, the principal of the school. You child is permitted to read the Bible before school, after school and during lunch, in accordance to the law, the letter states.
This, friends, is what we call parsing words. Notice that the principal avoided the issue. This is about letting a child read a Bible during free reading time.
Sasser said the school violated the boys constitutional rights. He also accused them of viewpoint discrimination, restricting the free exercise of religion and engaging in hostility towards religion.
He cited U.S. Department of Education guidance that allows for students to read their Bibles during non-instructional time. It reads in part, "...students students may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say grace before meals, and pray or study religious materials with fellow students during recess, the lunch hour, or other noninstructional time to the same extent that they may engage in nonreligious activities."
This is a pretty serious situation, Sasser said. As that audio recording indicates"theres a big problem in our public schools."
So this is what its come to, folks. School teachers are now publicly shaming boys and girls who read the Bible. Had the kid the kid been reading "Fifty Shades of Gray," he probably wouldve been given a gold star.
CLEAR Constitutional violation. Free Exercise Clause vi-o-la-ted.
Exactly and also, the demand should be that she have to apologize to the boy in front of the class and then go to sensitivity training designed by the boy’s pastor/priest.
Swornia D. Thomas
It was mentioned here earlier today:
CLEAR Constitutional violation. Free Exercise Clause vi-o-la-ted.
A very important question, that.
Not the Christian thing to do, but boy, what a temptation.
Give em’ hell, Mr. Rubio, and protect your sons’ rights!
Parents need to take back their tax-funded schools. Their children are depending on them.
There is no greater ancient historical account than what one would find in the Bible — nothing comes even close. There’s not a credible scholar that would deny that Jesus walked this earth. Why are students not allowed to read our greatest source of ancient history? Yes, I certainly understand the Bible is a lot more than history. It certainly is to me.
The Bible is the best selling book of all time. Students aren’t allowed to read the best selling book of all time? Why do these so-called educators want to keep students ignorant?
“Why do these so-called educators want to keep students ignorant?”
A damned good question, there. Why indeed?
People who don’t know the past make great suckers in the future.
She looks like a real brainy teacher-not.
Sore knee ah...
“He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”
A teacher is an agent of the school board. The school board sets the rules on that particular topic. The idiocy of some few teachers is beyond comprehension. You can bet, that teacher has other things going on, agenda wise.
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