It gets even better. Christopher, who is part Hispanic, was speaking Spanish on the school bus with another student and was allegedly singled out by the driver, who told him to stop. When he continued, the bus driver issued an In School Suspension, saying, "If he (Christopher) continues to speak in a language that I can not understand then he will get in trouble."
According to the article, Christopher's mother has been trying to arrange a meeting with the principal and teacher but has been unable to get one scheduled. I've emailed the district Superintendent asking for his comments, and will pass those along to you as soon as I hear anything.
Meanwhile, as a parent of not one but TWO eleven-year-olds, all I can say is that if this story is accurate, and this child was removed from a classroom and lectured by a teacher about religious beliefs, then there are some serious issues at play. We wouldn't stand for it if another student harassed Christopher, and there is no excuse for an adult to do so either.
Wondering what legal rights your children have as Pagan students? Be sure to read the Federal Guidelines on Religion in Public Schools.
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