Student Says Bible Taken By Teacher During Reading Time

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(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.



    • bmwjen

      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.

      I have to disagree with you hank. I think the “real” bible is a little above average reading for a 2nd grader. If it was a kids bible that was re-written by man then a 2nd grader could understand and read it.

  • 122811

    they have bible study in church for children and adults to help them understand the bible there is no age limit to your religious belief….the teacher is dead wrong and should be ashamed.

    • donaknowsitall

      The teacher did what she felt was right. I don’t think the bible is understandable to a 7/8 year old. Some of the phrasing and wording would be difficult for that age group. Maybe some of the posters here need to be a “teacher” before they make comments. Firing her is a bit drastic.

  • MikeBarret

    I thought this was Big Jeezy Nation. Why on this 6000 year old earth would the parents be afraid of retaliation if their name got out there? For being factually ignorant? Or what!

    • observer

      The whole reason you as a militant loser atheist can even state your anti-religious bigotry without being persecuted by the Government is because of the Protestant, Orthodox Christians that came to America to worship according to their beliefs, colonized and of course we later have the Constitution and Bill of Rights come into existence. Ironic huh?

      Now go cry yourself to sleep.

  • dickgozinya1

    Where’s the asteroid that pat Robinson claimed was going to hit us today? Just like all these Christian Taliban types, use the stupid to line their pockets

      • donaknowsitall

        Name calling is something I see/read alot in these posts and has no place here. Calling someone stupid simply because they don’t agree with you doesn’t make them stupid. It means that they don’t share your opinion, nothing wrong with that.

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