Officials at Broward County Public Schools banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during āfree readingā 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. Itās his favorite book, so he decided heād like to read it during the time in class where students are allowed to read anything they choose.
Swornia Thomas is Giovanniās teacher. On April 8, Thomas told Giovanni heās 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, āI noticed that he [Giovanni] has a bookāa religious bookāin the classroom. Heās not permitted to read those books in my classroom.ā Rubeo ...