Christian Crosses Allegedly Banned From Classroom

A teacher in Tampa, Florida has been accused of having banned students from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom.

What happened? The Daily Caller reported:

A high school teacher in Tampa, Fla., has allegedly banned at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces, according to a letter sent to the superintendent of the school district.

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation group that promotes religious freedom, in a letter to Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins detailed math teacher Lora Jane Riedas’ actions.

The letter claims Riedas told at least three students they could not wear their Christian crosses.

The letter.“We write on behalf of parents of children in the classroom of teacher Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School, who report that Ms. Riedas has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols,’” Liberty Counsel’s letter read.

One of our student clients reports that she had just sat down in class, and placed her books on her desk, when Ms. Riedas approached her. Referencing the tiny cross necklace which was around the student’s neck, Ms. Riedas said, “I need you to take your necklace off.”  When the student asked why, Riedas allegedly refused to explain and then stated, “That’s disrespectful; you have to take it off.”

The student in question “did not want to be disrespectful, so she took it off, but she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith. All of our clients are afraid to openly wear their cross necklaces in class any more,” according to the letter.

Riedas and the LGBT agenda. According to the letter, Riedas pushed the LGBT agenda in her classroom. Decorations with LGBT political themes — posters, stickers, and buttons — were displayed in the classroom, and students had LGBT rainbow stickers placed on their classroom folders without their permission.

The DC reported: “Riedas is also a member of GLSEN which champions LGBTQ issues in K-12 education. GLSEN’s ‘Day of Silence’ will be celebrated on Friday, April 21.”

The DC reached out to Riedas for comment, but she reportedly did not respond.

The school district speaks out. Riedas is employed at Riverview High School, and the school district spoke out about their investigation of the teacher.

“We are in receipt of the letter from the Liberty Counsel. We have been in contact with the principal to initiate an investigation. However, the principal says she has not received a complaint from any student or parent regarding any claims made in the Liberty Counsel document regarding this teacher,” Tanya Arja, public relations manager for Hillsborough County Public Schools, explained in an email.

Why is this important? If this report is true, it is another example of the left’s war against Christianity and Judeo-Christian Western values.

Whether this report ends up being true or not, there are, sadly, plenty more examples across the country of this war against Christianity, as well as the left’s shocking indoctrination efforts to tear down Western values.

The left long ago took over the public education system, and it is critical for parents to be aware of what’s going on and to make sure that their children aren’t being brainwashed by the regressive left’s dangerous agenda.


C.E. Dyer

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