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Teacher Bullies Student for Saying Bible Is ‘Nonfiction’ in Calif.; Christian Legal Group Responds
ICC Note:
A teacher in California gave an assignment to middle school students to read a non-fiction book for 30 minutes each night. The students were to bring their books in each day to show the teacher. One Christian student brought his Bible and the teacher said the book didn’t count as non-fiction. When the student replied, “Honestly, I believe it is,” the teacher bullied the student in front of the class.
By Katherine Weber
10/14/2013 United States of America (Christian Post)- A Christian legal group recently sent a letter to a Calif. middle school encouraging it to add teachers to its anti-bullying policy after one teacher at the school made a spectacle of a Christian student for bringing a bible to class.
The incident reportedly took place earlier this month at Margarita Middle School in Temecula, Calif., when an unnamed teacher asked his students to read a nonfiction book every night for 30 minutes. As proof that they had completed the assignment, the students were to bring in their book the next day to be checked by the teacher.
As the teacher walked up the rows of the students to verify their nonfiction book, he reportedly came across one student who had the bible on his desk. The teacher reportedly told the student that the bible did not count as a nonfiction book, while the student responded, “Honestly, I believe it is.” The teacher then allegedly walked to the front of the classroom and asked all the students: “How many of you think the Bible is nonfiction?”
Although the teacher was apparently expecting no students to raise their hands, his plan backfired, and all but two of the students raised their hands. Robert Tyler, president and general counsel for the Advocates for Faith and Freedom, a Christian legal group, then told Faith on Trial Radio that his team would be sending a letter to the school district asking that teachers also be put on the school’s anti-bullying policy, as this was blatantly an act of bulling on behalf of the teacher.
“This is an example of the growing hostility towards Christianity that is being displayed in our public classrooms, and we believe we must take a stand! We believe that the actions of this teacher violate the Establishment Clause, which requires the State to remain neutral on issues of religion,” Tyler said in the letter.
Tyler added in an interview with the Christian News Network that he wants Christian students to be protected in school from bullying just as other groups are.

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