What would you think if your son or daughter left for school in the morning visibly wearing a cross, the symbol of Christ our Savior, and came home with it in a pocket? What would you do when you found out a math teacher made that happen?
That scenario actually played out at Riverview High School in Hillsborough County, Florida. Lora Jane Riedas, the math teacher referred to, is an open homosexual, and she promotes the LGBT agenda during the school day. Her reason for demanding at least three of her students remove their cross necklaces was that they were “gang symbols.” Here is a photo of one of the crosses (Liberty Counsel Exhibit A – Banned Cross Necklace Pendant)—it is less than one inch long. Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the Hillsborough County Public Schools about the matter.
Riedas also put LGBT rainbow stickers on all the students’ class notebooks. When some of the students pulled the stickers off, she cited them for “misbehavior.”
The math teacher promotes the GLSEN’s (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) “Day of Silence,” which occurred this year on April 21. The GLSEN Guide, according to Liberty Counsel, “encourages teachers to require students ages K-12 to engage in numerous forms of coercive, group political activism, disregarding the parents’ desires or the students’ religious beliefs. Students can either ‘go along to get along,’ or risk being ‘outed’ as disagreeing with the teacher and GLSEN’s radical LGBT viewpoint. Some of the GLSEN coercion includes allowing students ‘supportive’ of ‘Day of Silence’ to refrain from verbal participation in classroom instruction, while those who do not participate in ‘Day of Silence’ must prepare to answer class questions. GLSEN encourages teachers to ‘print out’ LGBT propaganda and ‘have students read and silently write about what they learned.’”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver, in a letter to the Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools, stated:
It is the policy of the Board that students, staff members, and District facilities not be used for promoting the interests of any nonschool agency or organization, public or private, without the approval of the Superintendent.” (Emphasis added). See Policy 9700 – Relationships with Special Interest Groups. GLSEN is clearly a nonschool agency, and Ms. Riedas is promoting its interests in her official capacity, and within her classroom.
In addition, Policy 3231 – Outside Activities of Instructional Staff,7 states that “Instructional staff members”
A. may not dedicate work time to an outside interest, activity, or
B. may not use school property or school time to solicit . . . for private
D.[sic] may not campaign on school property during working hours on behalf
of any political issue . . .
E. should refrain from expressions that disrupt the efficient operation of
the school and/or interfere with the maintenance of discipline by school
officials. (Emphasis added).
You can read the entire Liberty Counsel letter regarding the teacher banning cross necklaces and engaging in classroom political activism.
Does your school participates in the “Day of Silence?” What is your opinion on that activity? Do you personally know of the banning of any religious clothing or jewelry by schools? Let us hear from you.