Officials at Broward County Public Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during ‚Äúfree reading‚ÄĚ time, according to lawyers from the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment.
Giovanni Rubeo is a fifth-grade student at the school, who had been given a Bible at church as a Christmas gift. It‚Äôs his favorite book, so he decided he‚Äôd like to read it during the time in class where students are allowed to read anything they choose.
Swornia Thomas is Giovanni‚Äôs teacher. On April 8, Thomas told Giovanni he‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúI noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book‚ÄĒa religious book‚ÄĒin the classroom. He‚Äôs not permitted to read those books in my classroom.‚ÄĚ Rubeo ...