Christina and Jaime Zavala are raising a 7-year-old boy in Palmdale, Calif., obviously with an emphasis on their Christian faith. After the first-grader had been reading aloud the Bible verses his mother packed in his lunch bags, many of his peers began asking for their own copies.
Administrators saw this act as a violation of school policy and reportedly ordered the boy to keep the scriptures to himself. To prove they were serious, a lawsuit claims, they sent a law enforcement officer to the Zavala’s home.
“The deputy sheriff said he had been sent by the school,” said Liberty Counsel attorney Richard Mast.
While the officer was courteous enough, he reportedly delivered the school’s concern that the Bible verses might offend others.
“I would expect something like this to happen in Communist Romania, where I went to school,” opined Horatio Mihet, representing the student and his family for Liberty Counsel. “But cops don’t bully 7-year-olds who want to talk about Jesus in the Land of the Free.”