Florida School Bans Bible During Free Reading Time

Bight a Pop Tart so that it looks like a gun and you’ll be expelled. Read a Bible during free reading time, and it will be treated like Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Officials at Broward County Public Schools went along with a teacher who told fifth grader Giovanni Rubeo that he could not read his Bible during free reading time. Swornia Thomas, who teaches 5th grade at Park Lakes Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, is Giovanni’s teacher. “On April 8, Thomas told Giovanni he’s not allowed to read the Bible in her class and ordered him to put it away.” Giovanni had the good sense to refer the incident to his father and requested that the teacher call him. Thomas left the following message on the Rubeo family’s voicemail:

“I noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

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