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Texas teacher accused of taking away Bible in class

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DALLAS - A Texas teacher reportedly took a Bible away from a second grade student during "read to myself" time.

The Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group that specializes in religious liberty cases, said the girl's parents reached out for assistance after the teacher at Hamilton Elementary in Cypress told their daughter not to bring the Bible back to school again.

They wish to remain anonymous because they said they fear retaliation for wanting their child to be able to read a religious book in school.

Michael Berry from the Liberty Institute called the teacher's alleged actions questionable, especially since a copy of the Bible is available in the school's library.

"So if it’s appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students?" Berry said. 

People around the Houston-area school seem to have varying opinions on the issue.

"That's shocking actually. I mean, it’s a Bible. It’s not like there was anything wrong with it," one parent said.

"You don't want to offend anybody. But yet, you don't wanna make anybody feel like they don't have the freedom to do what they wanna do, and the freedom to choose and believe what they wanna believe," another parent added.

The school district said it hasn't been able to confirm the allegations, but that kids are required to read books that are appropriate for their reading level.

"Religious material, including the Bible, that meets these guidelines would be permissible for a classroom assignment and/or independent reading," the district said in a statement.

Source: FOX News and FOX Newsedge Southwest
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