“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."
That's what Liberty Council legal affairs vice president Horatio Mihet expressed after coming to the defense of a Palmdale, California elementary student who has been repeatedly scolded and intimidated by school officials for sharing the Bible, even though he's been operating well within the district's rules.
According to Education Action Group, the incident began when Christina Zavala's son began sharing the Bible verses and short Bible stories his mom put every day in his lunch box with his classmates during lunchtime. A teacher at Desert Rose Elementary scolded the boy publicly, and he was banned from distributing religious material anywhere on school grounds expect for at the front gate.
The boy, identified simply as "C," complied and continued to gain a crowd of interested students wanting to read what he had to share. But then school officials asked him to move completely off campus if he was sharing the Bible. C complied again, but afterwards his family got a knock on their front door they never expected.
The Liberty Council reports, “Later that day … a Los Angeles County Sheriff knocked at the door of C’s home, demanding that C’s note sharing cease altogether because ‘someone might get offended.' C’s family then asked Liberty Council to help protect their child’s constitutional freedoms.”
In response, the Liberty Council sent a letter to the district clearly outlining that California law allows students to distribute religious material during non-instructional times at school. They accused the district of violating the boy's constitutional rights and demanded they respond by June 1.
No word has yet come from the district.