Florida public school bans student from reading the Bible

Park Lakes Elementary School

A teacher at Park Lakes Elementary School in Florida’s Broward County Public
Schools system, banned a 5th-grade student Giovanni Rubeo from reading the Bible during “free reading” time when students supposedly are allowed to read anything they choose.

Swornia ThomasGiovanni had been given a Bible at church as a Christmas gift. It’s his favorite book, so on April 8, he decided he’d like to read it during the “free reading” time. But Swornia Thomas, (photo left, from Washington Times) Giovanni’s teacher, told the boy he’s not allowed to read the Bible in her class and ordered him to put it away.

Giovanni asked her to call his father, Paul Rubeo, about the incident. Thomas did so, leaving a voicemail that included, “I noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.” (Listen to the voicemail here.)

Paul Rubeo then contacted Park Lake Elementary School’s principal, Orinthia Dias, who brought in the school’s legal department. None of them are willing to acknowledge that Giovanni has a constitutional right to read the Bible.

So Rubeo retained Liberty Institute to assert Giovanni’s First Amendment rights. Liberty Institute has now sent a demand letter to Broward County Public Schools and held a public event Monday (May 5) afternoon at the federal courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

“Banning religious books like the Bible violates Giovanni’s civil rights to religious free speech and free exercise,” said Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute Director of Litigation. “The school’s actions exemplify the hostility to religion that the U.S. Supreme Court has condemned.”

“We expect Broward County Public School officials to resolve this unfortunate incident quickly and amicably,” says Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys. “Absent such an apology and assurance that students in Broward County Public Schools may read religious books like the Bible during free reading times, our client is prepared to take legal action.”

Here’s contact info for your protest:

robert runcie orinthia dias

Robert Runcie and Orinthia Dias

Robert W. Runcie
Broward County Public Schools
600 SE Third Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 754.321.2600
Fax: 754.321.2701
Email: [email protected]

Orinthia Dias
Park Lakes Elementary School
3925 State Road
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Phone: 754-322-7650
Fax: 754-322-7690
Email: Click here

H/t Breitbart.com


Dr. Eowyn’s article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.

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7 Responses to Florida public school bans student from reading the Bible

  1. Dennis Habern says:


    You can your sweet bippy, that this teacher spells trouble. More than likely
    she is a follower of the Saul Alinsky criminal that is currently posing as
    your POTUS. What does that indicate to patriotic Americans that this
    miserable, despicable worthless MuslimPOS of a POTUS a long with George
    Soros, the ramrod of “THE NEW WORLD ORDER,” is bent on destroying the U.S.
    economy and capitalism as we know it, along with dumbing-down our schools.
    It was Lenin whom utter his famous words of wisdom: “GIVE ME YOUR CHILDREN
    COMMUNISTS.” The number 1 Communist in the U.S., is none other than the
    Kenyan witch-doctor, born in Africa, not Hawaii. Get rid of this Black creep
    and George Soros on May 16, 2014, during the protest in Washington, D.C.

  2. CrissCross says:

    What more can we expect if the following too are rampant…HORRIBLE!!!

    The Meltdown Of Liberal Christianity –

  3. Gordon Harvey says:

    Every Christian family in every city across the country should send a bible or torah to school with their children to read during free time, lunch time, reading time, nap time or whenever they are not being lectured by the lilberal, indoctrinating misfits called teachers and administrators. Unite and change the country back to what it was founded on.

  4. Phil says:

    That teacher and all that think and act like her should be cast out of our school systems.they probably believe in Common Core and the obama way of thinking.

  5. R3riate says:

    I think it is time that Teachers with this attitude get suspended – forever from teaching.

  6. LuckyLindy says:

    Hi, I just called the school. This has been resolved. The teacher was in error. Teachers have been told that a student can read the Bible during free reading time. Alls well. We just didn’t get an update in the news. LuckyLindy

    • ljcarolyne says:

      Yeah, I bet all’s well, huh! Well, still we and that includes me say this teacher should read the bible for herself. It is written: “Jesus said bring the children unto me, forbid them not.” Keep standing up for God and his Word in Christ. I say fire that teacher. . .she SPELLS TROUBLE.

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