Precious 8-Year-Old Autistic Boy Brings His Bible to School Every Day – That Is, Until the School Told Him the Book Is ‘Only for Church’

July 6, 2014 9:56 pm 8 comments Views: 2124

A Dearborn elementary school reportedly told an 8-year-old boy with autism to stop bringing his  Bible to class because the book is “only for church, not school.”

Jessica Cross is understandably furious that her special needs son’s Bible was banned. She says the boy, Jason, likes to read the Bible during “free time.”

Dearborn School Tells 8 Year Old With Autism Not to Bring Bible

However, when a local news station contacted the superintendent of Crestwood Schools, she quickly overruled the decision handed down by Highview Elementary.

Dr. Laurine Van Valkenburg told WJBK-TV that she understands why Cross is frustrated. She also added, “If a child wants to bring a Bible to school, they may.”

Van Valkenburg, who says she has been out of town, vowed to look into the incident when she returns.

But it’s not just the Bible banning that’s got the mother frustrated with Highview Elementary. Cross says she’s not pleased with the way her son has been treated in the past and claims a worksheet given to her 6-year-old daughter’s referenced alcohol.

The worksheet isn’t overly controversial, but the mother objects to her 6-year-old daughter being exposed to information about alcohol at such an early age.

The worksheet reportedly read: “My dad drinks wine. He puts a lime in his wine. It makes my mom smile.”

Dearborn School Tells 8 Year Old With Autism Not to Bring Bible

Regarding the alleged treatment, Valkenburg is upset.

“Putting my son in time outs for 13 hours a week and refusing him lunch, and just absurd things and just, if I did something like that I’d lose my kids!” she told WJBK-TV.

Cross says she has been to several meetings, but “whenever we all get in the same room together, then they just lie.”

Van Valkenburg also said she would investigate the worksheet as well.

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  • Robert Anthony

    Childhood indoctrination is child abuse. “Precious 8 year olds”, should not be subjected to religious ideologies until they’re old enough to choose to do so on their own. That being said, the child should be allowed to bring any book to school with him to read in his spare time, even if it’s the bible.

    • Rich McCormack

      You’re right. They should be singing odes to Barack Obama which are then posted all over the internet.

      • Robert Anthony

        I made no mention of Obama. But the boy would go farther in life with your current President as an example than anything any society has ever attained from using “holy” text as a guide. Evidently you didn’t read my entire comment, because I agree that he should be allowed to take his precious bible where ever he pleases.

        • Louie Cacho

          I dunno about the whole Obama over anything ever attained from using holy text. Ever heard of charity? I think I would go with charity over the president that can’t even provide the US with adequate health care any day lol.

          • Robert Anthony

            Religion doesn’t have the patent on “charity”. You don’t need to believe in “gods” to do good things for the sake of being good. And as for Obama, there will always be shill who think that one man should be able to turn the Titanic around. I never said he was a miracle-worker.

  • Rich McCormack

    Then the school (aka – the government) has infringed upon his right to the free practice of his religion.

  • Keith

    The boy should be able to choose whatever book he wants to read. However, the issue of the mom being upset because there was a sentence about drinking wine being an improper topic seems odd. Has she not read the stuff that’s in the bible? Gen 19:31-32 – Then the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man in the land to sleep with us as is the custom of all the land. Come, let’s get our father to drink wine so that we can sleep with him and preserve our father’s line.”

  • wiandy

    OK, what isn’t known here is more than what’s known. We don’t know if the kid was reading the Bible and not getting his other work done. We don’t know if he was “preaching” to classmates. We don’t know if the kid was looking up scripture to argue everything the teacher was trying to teach. If the answer to any or all of those questions is “yes”, then banning it was the correct response, just like banning Ninja turtle action figures or anything else that creates a distraction in the classroom. If not, then the school admin was incorrect. I’m a classroom teacher that has spent quite a bit of time studying the subject. It’s like the falsehood that teachers don’t allow kids to pray in school. If a kid is silent, I don’t know (or care) if they are praying. And besides that…as long as there are tests, there will be prayer in school.