A Dearborn, Mich., mother is angry after her 8-year-old autistic son was told by his elementary school to stop bringing his Bible to class because the book is “only for church, not school.”
Jessica Cross told WJBK-TV that her son, Jason, likes to read the Bible during “free time.”
Cross insists this is only the beginning of her frustrations with Highview Elementary. According to her, for months the school has treated her special needs son, James, unfairly and poorly.
“Putting my son in time outs for 13 hours a week and refusing him lunch, and just absurd things...and just, if I did something like that, I’d lose my kids!” Cross told WJBK-TV. “We’ve done meetings. We’ve met together, and whenever we all get in the same room together, then they just lie.”
Wednesday proved to be the last straw for Cross when her daughter, Jaclyn, asked her a question regarding her homework.
Cross said Jaclyn asked, “'Mommy, why would a daddy drinking wine make a mommy happy?’"
The worksheet her daughter was referring to read, “My dad drinks wine. He puts a lime in his wine. It makes my mom smile.”
Cross reached out to the superintendent and said the response was, “What would you like me to do about it? What can I do about it?”
Superintendent of Crestwood Schools, Dr. Laurine VanValkenburg, overruled the decision made by Highview Elementary after WJBK contacted her.
“If a child wants to bring a Bible to school, they may,” she told the station.
VanValkenburg said she would look into this incident as well as the worksheets.
According to FirstFreedom.org, a student “may freely express their religious beliefs or carry a Bible, so long as they are not disruptive to the class and school day.”
Sources: WJBK-TV, FirstFreedom.org