Student Says Bible Taken By Teacher During Reading Time
(Cypress, TX) A Texas student said a teacher took her Bible during an individual reading time.
This reportedly happened at Fred & Louise Hamilton Elementary School in Cypress, TX.
The identity of the second grade student has not been released because the family fears retaliation according to KHOU-TV.
Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, which promotes religious freedom, is representing the family.
Berry said the student was reading the Bible during a ‘read to myself’ time in class, “The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits public schools from treating religious
activities and materials less favorably than non-religious materials, as long as such materials do not create a substantial disruption to discipline or the academic environment.”
KHOU-TV posted this statement from the school district, “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.”
The principal is set to meet with all teachers.
This is the letter sent to the school district by the Liberty Institute.