January 29, 2014 | Nathan Hellweg
The persecution of Christian children in classroom is on the rise. Many families may have experienced this first hand; while others have noticed this is a reoccurring situation and stories are becoming more frequent in the media.
The majority of the persecution cases involve teachers or school administrators – these authority figures are denying children their Constitutional rights and targeting them for their faith in Christ. Very rarely do we see, at the elementary school level, students bullying other students for their beliefs.
For the most part, children enjoy hearing the diverse traditions of other families, especially around the holidays when presented by their fellow classmates. However it has been noted that teachers rarely stop a student from giving a presentation when other non-Christian beliefs are being conveyed.
These are just a few accounts of how Christians are being targeted and persecuted in the American classroom:
Jason Cross, an 8-year-old student at Highview Elementary School enjoyed taking his Bible to school and reading it during his free period.
According to his mother Jessica Cross, the school had told the boy that the book was “only for church, not school”. However, this isn’t the only issue the mother has with Highview Elementary. She claims that her son, who is autistic, has been treated poorly, has been denied lunches, and has been made to stand in timeout for hours. She feels that it is a result of their Christian faith.
Persecution in schools seems to be most prevalent during the holidays – most of which originate around historical Christian events such as the birth of Christ and his resurrection. While the school focuses mainly on Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, many of its students will identify seasonal holidays with their Christian beliefs.