A second-grader's Bible was confiscated by a teacher at an elementary school in Texas during a designated "read-to-myself" time, parents of the child claim.
Parents of the second-grade girl attending Hamilton Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District allege that the incident occurred two weeks ago. Their daughter brought her book of choice, the Bible, to school for a "read-to-myself" time, when students have the opportunity to read a book of their choice to themselves.
The student's second grade teacher reportedly told the young girl that she could not bring the Bible to school, going so far as to confiscate the Bible from the student. The teacher then reportedly told the second grader she could not bring the Bible back to school, flagging it as "inappropriate reading material." The parents of the young girl, who are choosing to remain anonymous to avoid retribution, contacted the Liberty Institute and the local media to share their concern. more >>
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Commencement ceremony for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the school's news service announced Wednesday.
The Republican governor will make his address on May 10 at 10 a.m. on the campus's Williams Stadium. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said in a statement posted by the Liberty University News Service that Jindal is a "rising star on the national political scene."
"Governor Bobby Jindal has lived the American dream, rising from humble beginnings to become one of the rising stars on the national political scene – and his rise has not yet waned. Many believe he could hold the highest office in the land someday. I believe he will be an inspiration to our graduates, not only because of his life's story, but because he shares many of the conservative and Christian values that Liberty University graduates hold dear." more >>
Students at a high school near St. Louis, Mo., reportedly arrived on campus Thursday carrying their Bibles as a form of protest after two students claimed a teacher banned them from reading the Bible while they walked down a school hallway.
The incident began when Angela English, mother of 15-year-old Kiela English, took to Facebook to express her dismay after her daughter was reportedly reprimanded by a teacher at Potosi High School for reading her Bible to herself in a school hallway. Kiela had reportedly been walking down the hallway with a friend, the two of them silently reading a Bible passage and then discussing its content with each other, when a teacher stopped them, telling them they could not be "pushing their religion" while at school.
"A teacher called them over and told them that they had to put it away – that this wasn't the place – that they can't be pushing their religion on people. They weren't pushing religion. They were just discussing it privately," English told the Daily Journal Online. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has successfully aided students from a New York-area high school in expressing their religious freedom through an after-school Bible study.
Concerned parents contacted the legal group after learning that the superintendent of an unnamed high school in Amsterdam, N.Y., had told a senior female student that she could not hold her student-led, after-school Bible study club without first purchasing an insurance policy to use the campus after school hours.
The superintendent made his request of the Bible study club even though other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. After being contacted by concerned parents and students, the ACLJ reportedly provided parents information about "relevant legal principals regarding religious clubs' access to school facilities," coming to the conclusion "that the Bible club must be given the same privileges as any other student-led club." more >>
The mother of 11-year-old Michael Morones, who attempted suicide in February after months of being bullied for his love of "My Little Pony," is finally speaking out about her son's condition and her views on bullying in general. Sadly, the boy may suffer from "locked-in syndrome," which prevents him from communicating with loved ones.
"Sometimes our kids think they're strong and they're tough and they can handle everything, but as a parent it's our job to say, 'You know what, this is something I get to handle for you.' It's not fighting their battles for them, but it's showing them how to do it when they get older and they're equipped better to do that," Tiffany Morones-Suttle told HuffPost Live.
Morones was passionate about all things "My Little Pony" and had a collection of the toy ponies at his home in North Carolina. However, he reportedly suffered a great deal of bullying for his passion and in February, hung himself off a bunk bed railing. By the time his parents found him, he was unconscious. They rushed him to a hospital, where he was declared in a comatose state and put on life support. The young boy has become an inspiration to other young men and older men who enjoy "My Little Pony" and refer to themselves as "Bronies." more >>
A transgender student at George Fox University in Oregon is fighting the college to move from an all-female dorm to an all-male dorm now that his transition is complete. The student, known only as Jayce M., has a lot of support from fellow students on campus, but the college says that it must stick to and follow its theological convictions.
"I have the right, as any other male, to live on campus with males," Jayce told KPTV. "I'm going to fight for that."
He has battled the school for over a week and has retained an attorney to help him fight to live on-campus with friends. Jayce does have the option to life off-campus or by himself in a single room, but that is not what he wants. He has gathered a great deal of support – over 14,000 people signed a petition to allow Jayce to live wherever he wants, including on campus. Those petitions have since been delivered to officials at George Fox University. more >>