Thursday, April 24, 2014

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District has responded to complaints about restrictions on Bible reading at Hamilton Elementary School saying that during "read to myself" time, the student is only allowed to read a book that he/she can comprehend.  Apparently a second-grade teacher didn't believe that the Bible met that criteria.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

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Christian Girl Muzzled, Sues Kansas City School

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Also read the long list of states enacting laws to restore religious liberty to schools.

-- From "Texas second grader claims teacher confiscated Bible during reading time" by Evan Bleier, UPI 4/23/14

A Texas teacher may be investigated after the Liberty Institute released a statement and sent a letter to Hamilton Elementary School about an alleged incident involving a second-grade student’s choice of reading material.

The student's family claims the teacher confiscated a copy of the Bible their daughter was reading during a "read to myself" session. The teacher then informed the girl that the Bible is “inappropriate reading material” and that she should not bring it back to school again.

The anonymous family then contacted the Liberty Institute for help in the matter.

“They are letting them read The Hunger Games, that’s kids killing kids, why can’t she read the Bible," said parent Jennifer Muse.

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From "Messing With Your Kids At School" by John Labus, KTRH-AM740 (Houston, TX) 4/23/14

An elementary school teacher in the Cy-Fair ISD is accused of preventing a second grader from reading the Bible in school.  The district released a statement saying they're trying to confirm the allegations at Hamilton Elementary School.

The district statement goes on to say they have no prohibitions against the Bible, reading in part:

"During a student's independent reading time, students are required to read a book that is "Just Right." A "Just Right" book is when the student can read most of the words, comprehend the text and that the book is appropriate for the type of text or genre that is being taught. As such religious material, including the Bible, that meets these guidelines would be permissible for a classroom assignment and/or independent reading."

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