(GOP The Daily Dose) -- A Florida family is demanding an apology from Broward County Public Schools after a teacher repeatedly told their fifth-grader he could not read the Bible during his “free reading” time.
12-year old Giovanni Rubeo frequently brought his Bible to school to read in his free time, but complied with his teacher, Swornia Thomas’ requests in February and March to put the book away. On April 8, however, he refused.
Rubeo’s father, Paul, had instructed his son that if Ms. Thomas or anyone else at the school told him he couldn’t read his Bible during the 90-minute free reading period, Giovanni should politely ask that they call his father.
Ms. Thomas called Paul Rubeo and left him a voicemail message.
“Giovanni called you because I asked him to,” Thomas said on the recording. “I noticed that he has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.
“He said, if I told him to put it away, you said not to do that. So, please give me a call. I need to have some understanding on direction to him about the book he’s reading as opposed to the curriculum for public school.”