A California teacher is being accused of showing “undue hostility” towards a first-grade student at Helen Hunt-Jackson Elementary School who had begun describing the Christian story of Christmas.
“Our Christmas tradition is to put a star on top of our tree,” Brynn Williams had reportedly been saying. “The star is named the Star of Bethlehem. The three kings followed the star to find baby Jesus, the Savior of the world.”
At this point, the teacher reportedly interrupted Williams, didn't let her finish, and told her to sit back down. According to Advocates for Faith and Freedom, who have taken up the case, it was in front of the other students that the teacher then told Williams that she was “not allowed to share Bible verses in class.”
The teacher had asked each student in her first-grade class to bring something to school that describes his or her family’s Christmas traditions. Williams came back to school with her family’s Star of Bethlehem.
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The teacher interrupted the presentation before Williams got to its intended finale: a reciting of the Gospel of John 3:16, which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Now, Advocates for Faith and Freedom are demanding that the teacher apologize to Williams, and give her a chance to finish her presentation in front of her peers.
As the Blaze reports, Robert Tyler, General Counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom has commented, saying, “The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation’s public schools has become epidemic.”
In a letter addressed to the Temecula Valley Unified School District, the group asked educators to stop “expressing disapproval or hostility toward…religious viewpoints expressed by students.”
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The school has acknowledged the group’s claims, issuing a statement in which they describe that the school “respects all students’ rights under the Constitution and takes very seriously any allegations of discrimination.”
District officials are currently investigating the allegations.
Sources: The Blaze, CBS
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