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.”
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.”
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.