Friday, September 17, 2010

Christian Students Suspended for 'Kindness'

A New Mexico high school, previously sued for discrimination against Christians, suspended students for giving their teachers donuts with Bible verses.

"My son was showing kindness ... and he was punished? What did my child do that was so wrong?"

Principal Ruben BolaƱos . . . said, "I don't like Christians. All they do is smile at you and then stab you in the back."

UPDATE 7/18/11: Students take legal action to restore their rights

-- From "Church claims evangelizing students punished for 'kindness'" by Associated Press, posted at USA Today 9/16/10

About 200 members of a Roswell church are protesting discipline against students who tried to leave doughnuts with religious messages for their teachers.

Church officials said about 25 students tried to distribute doughnuts.

The students are part of the church's ministry group, Relentless in Roswell, which sued the school district, accusing it of violating students' constitutional rights in a separate incident.

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From "Christian students suspended for bible doughnut handout" by Liberty Council, posted at Kiowa County Signal 9/17/10

When the doughnuts were handed out, a scripture verse was included. One student was immediately sent home and two others were forced to spend a Saturday morning sitting alone in the classroom for four hours as a punishment.

In the past, the same student group had handed out sandwiches, hot chocolate, and candy canes to the student body and faculty. They helped staff with the trash and fellow students with their lunch trays. They also distributed rocks with affirming words like "U are wonderful' painted on one side and "Psalm 139" on the other.

This school is already named in a pending lawsuit filed by Liberty Counsel on behalf of families and students who were bullied, and one suspended, for exercising their freedom of religion by distributing abstinence wristbands and plastic models of babies at 12 weeks gestation to bring attention to the life of the unborn.

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