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First Grader Told Not to Mention Bible in Christmas Assignment (Video)

| by Michael Allen

First grader Brynn Williams and her classmates were told by their teacher to bring something to class that represented a family Christmas tradition and perform a one-minute speech about it.

Williams reportedly brought her family's star of Bethlehem to Helen Hunt Jackson Elementary School in Riverside, Calif. on Dec. 19.

However, when Williams started to recite a Bible verse, John 3:16, her teacher allegedly cut her off and told her to sit down (video below).

The law firm Advocates for Faith & Freedom is now defending Williams after the principal of the school reportedly told her mother, Gina, that California's Educational Codes supported the teacher's actions.

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“After Brynn took her seat, the teacher explained to Brynn in front of all the other students that she was not allowed to talk about the Bible or share its verses,” Advocates for Faith & Freedom stated in a letter to the school district, noted Patch.com.

“She's not allowed to talk about the Bible in school," Robert Tyler, of Advocates for Faith & Freedom, told NBC Los Angeles.

"The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation's public schools has become epidemic,” added Tyler.

Brynn's father, Shane, stated, "When this took place she was hurt. She felt that she had done something wrong and she was going to be punished."

The Temecula Valley Unified School District responded with a statement that said it "respects all students' rights under the Constitution and takes very seriously any allegation of discrimination. Due to the fact that District officials are currently investigating the allegations, it would be inappropriate to provide further comment at this time."

Sources: Patch.com and NBC Los Angeles