School Calls Sheriff to Stop 7-Year Old from Handing out Bible Verses

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School Tramples on Religious Freedom

Palmdale, California – Another example schools all over the country trying to completely shut out God and those who would follow Him has taken place in California. An elementary school is essentially harassing a seven-year-old boy for handing out Bible verses both on and off school property.

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Local officials dispatched a Deputy Sheriff to 7-year olds’ home; photo by World Net Daily

As The Santa Monica Observer reported, the incident took place at Desert Rose Elementary School when a young boy who attends the facility was reprimanded and ridiculed in front of the entire class for handing out small pieces of paper with Bible verses and short Bible stories on them. The material had been supplied to the boy, who is referred to as “C”, by this mother Christina Zavala. She would regularly pack the Bible verses with his lunch for his own personal use. As he began to share the material with some fellow classmates during lunch, other students became excited and interested in the Scriptures, asking for their own copies. Mrs. Zavala supplied to extra material for her son.

Reportedly, a young girl approached the teacher with one of the stories saying “this is the most beautiful story I’ve ever seen”, prompting the teacher to intervene and inform the boy’s parents that such actions are not allowed on school grounds due to the separation of church and state, and that the distribution of religious material was only permitted outside the school gate.

Family Pursues Legal Battle with School

“On May 9th, 2016, when Mr. Jaime Zavala [the boy’s father] came to pick up his son and distribute Bible verses, he was approached by School Principle Pagliagro. Pagliagro told Mr. Zavala that it was ‘against school policy’ to hand the Bible notes out at the school gate and they would have to move onto the sidewalk, which was a ‘public place’. Jamie and his son complied and soon returned home. It was 4:30 PM on that day when the LA Deputy Sheriff knocked on their door, telling them the school had called to report that the child and his parents had been sharing papers at school and that this was not permitted. Mr. and Mrs. Zavala then approached Liberty Counsel, a non-profit litigation, education and policy organization who specialize, in part, of matters of religious freedom.”

The Christian Post was able to obtain a letter sent to the school district by Liberty Counsel, which read in part:

“Therefore, it was improper to ban student religious discussion during lunchtime. The district cannot suppress and censor this discussion, or the one-page notes consisting of Bible stories and verses placed by C’s mother in C’s lunch for his own personal enjoyment and edification; which he voluntarily chose to share with his little friends during non-instructional time, which interested classmates were free to accept or refuse at their own discretion. […] Finally, if being censured for religious expression by one’s First Grade teacher in front of one’s classmates is not intimidating and humiliating enough, the message of hostility to a child’s religious expression is underscored by the District calling law enforcement for a ‘follow-up visit’ to his house.”

Horatio “Harry” Mihet, Esq., Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel of Liberty Counsel, is on record as saying:

“I would expect something like this to happen in Communist Romania, where I went to elementary school, but cops don’t bully 7-year olds who want to talk about Jesus in the Land of the Free.”

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