Teacher accused of not allowing student to read Bible

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

CYPRESS, TX (NBC) - A Texas teacher is embroiled in controversy after allegedly telling an elementary school student that they could not read the Bible in class. What's more, the student was also told not to bring the Bible back to school.

Parents we spoke with at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress are outraged and disgusted at the idea a teacher would tell a student they can't bring a Bible to school or even read it during independent reading time.

The parents of a second grade student contacted the Liberty Institute to ask if the little girl was actually allowed to read the Bible or not.

Attorney's for the Liberty Institute not only said it was 'ok' but sent a letter to the Cyfair superintendent as well the school's principal.

In a statement, the institute says: "We expect CY Fair ISD officials to resolve this unfortunate incident quickly and amicably by informing us that they have addressed this matter with district employees, and by assuring us that this will not happen again."

Meanwhile, CY-Fair ISD says it hasn't confirmed the allegation but released this statement: "During a student's independent reading time, students are required to read a book that is "just right." a "just right" book is when the student can read most of the words, comprehend the text and that the book is appropriate for the type of text or genre that is being taught. As such religious material, including the bible, that meets these guidelines would be permissible for a classroom assignment and/or independent reading."

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