High school students have allegedly been banned from wearing necklaces with the Christian cross by their teacher.
A letter sent by lawyers to the Hillsborough County school district in Florida has claimed that at least three students weren’t allowed to wear their crosses.
The students are being represented by Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation organization which advocates for religious freedom. “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,’ “ wrote Liberty Counsel.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
In addition, the letter claims that Riedas has promoted the LGBT agenda in her classroom. Her classroom is decorated with LGBT political themes, which include posters, stickers and buttons. Students’ classroom folders were all decorated with LGBT rainbow stickers one day when they arrived at school without their permission, the letter claims.
An investigation of Riedas who works at Riverview High School is now being initiated, the school district told The Daily Caller.
When a student asked why she had to remove the necklace, Riedas allegedly refused to give a reason. The students have said they are scared to wear the crosses into the classroom and anymore and one said that, “she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith.”