Would the teacher take away a Koran from a Muslim student? No, because that would be “intolerant,” or something.
CYPRESS, Texas — The family of a 2nd grade student at Hamilton Elementary says their daughter’s book of choice – the Bible – was an issue of concern for her teacher, and that two weeks ago, during a “read to myself” time, the girl’s teacher took her Bible away.
The family did not go to the school’s principal, instead, reaching out to the Liberty Institute, to convey its concerns to Cy-Fair ISD.
The family wants to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation.
Michael Berry, senior counsel with the Liberty Institute, says the alleged incident happened about two weeks ago. He added that Hamilton Elementary’s library contains copies of the Bible.
“So if it’s appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students,” said Berry.
Parent Jennifer Muse found the news upsetting.
“They are letting them read the Hunger Games, that’s kids killing kids, why can’t she read the Bible,” said Muse.
In a statement, it said that during a student’s independent reading time, kids are required to read a book that is “just right,” meaning kids can read most of the words, comprehend the text, and that it’s appropriate for the genre that is being taught.