Teacher On Bible: “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom”

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(Fort Lauderdale, FL) A Florida teacher is under for telling students they cannot read religious materials during free reading times at school.

Giovanni Rubeo said he was reading the Bible during free reading time when the teacher made the student come to her desk, and in-front of the class, left a message on his home answering machine.

On the recording, the teacher can be heard saying, “Giovanni called you because I asked him to. I noticed that he had a book, a religious book, in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom. He said if I told him to put it away, you said not to do that. So please give me a call. I need to have some understanding on direction to him about the book he’s reading opposed to the curriculum for public school. Ms. Swornia Thomas. Thank you. Have a wonderful day. Bye, bye.”

Giovanni told WFOR-TV this wasn’t the first time the teach told him he could not read the book, which was given to him by his church.

“I first started reading a little bit (of the Bible,)” said Rubeo. “Little by little, it started becoming my favorite book to read.”

The Broward School District claimed it was told Giovanni was reading the Bible when he should have been reading an assigned book, not during free-reading time.

The district stressed that any student may read the Bible, or any other religious book, during free time.

A WFOR-TV reporter tried to get a comment from the teacher but her husband answered the door, “She ain’t got nothing to say to you, she ain’t got nothing to say,” responded her husband. “Get me on camera, get the [expletive] out of my yard.”

A similar case was reported last month in Cypress, Texas and once again involved free reading time.



    • Dr. JohnS

      The teacher was doing her job, she knew the how difficult it is to read the Bible and this child did not have the background to do so.

  • Chad

    I don’t see the problem. It’s just as fictional as any other book on her reading list.

    • Dr. JohnS

      Chad, fiction is in the mind of the beholder. There was many who laughed at Columbus saying he would fall off the edge of the world. There are many in America who think they are native Americans and want the rest simply to get out.

      What do you believe Chad, that someone might call fiction?

  • Jim Forsythe

    This stupid “teacher” should be fired immediately. She and her crazy husband should be barred from any place where they might come in contact with children.

    • donaknowsitall

      Why do you say she is stupid? Maybe we aren’t getting the full story. My children have “free reading” time, BUT, they have to choose books that are on the school’s reading list. Nothing wrong with that, is there Me. Forsythe? Maybe you are stupid?

      • ticihia thompson

        There are plenty of books in the school that are not on the suggested schools reading list. It is stupid and no excuse for it. Maybe you are stupid for trying to make a stupid excuse.

      • Dr. JohnS

        Thank you Dona from bringing a sense of responsibility to the situation. A child has to read read age appropriate books or else they will think they are stupid and give up. I respect the teacher for doing what she felt was right – the Bible is not even meant for some adults to read.

    • Dr. JohnS

      Jim, the teacher was only doing her job. The Bible was not meant for a child this young and understand. I know a lot of adults who read it but have no clue as to its meaning. You have to read age appropriate books in order to grow and learn.

      • langor1

        How was the teacher doing her job? Since when is it the responsibility of, or appropriate for a teacher to stifle religion or interest in books? Who are you to determine the capability of a particular child and their ability to comprehend? Dr.?, I seriously doubt that.

  • NothingToSeeHere

    Atheist democrat school teachers do their best to keep Christian students from praying or reading the Bible. They see themselves as brave and progressive when they act this way.

    HOWEVER, when it comes to Muslim students Atheist democrats become sniveling cowards.

    They know that Christians will more often than not, go with the flow to keep the peace. But with Muslims, we already know how violent they can get…

  • 122811

    Thats exactly why our youth is in trouble now the child was simply readind something positive, thats why so much bs is going on in schools today take away God and watch the distruction.Sounds like the teacher and her husband have different religious beliefs than the student thats why she made he/she put it up.

  • ChrisWilliamslikeslittleboysunderwear

    Nothing to see you are right. Donna that doesn’t know anything. You are just dumb and I bet your kids will be too. Probably one will be in trouble cuz you are dumb.

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