A third-grade New Jersey girl is once again allowed to read her Bible during classroom “quiet time” after her teacher ordered her to stop reading the Good Book.
A dispute developed after Michelle Jordat learned her daughter, Mariah, was told to put the Bible completely out of sight at Madison Park Elementary School in Old Bridge, N.J.
“She was upset and she was hurt that she wasn’t able in her own free time to read the Bible,” Jordat told New York’s WNYW-TV.
“Her teacher told her to put it away, and she put it in her desk. And then the teacher told her, ‘No, put that in your backpack. I told you to put it away.’ And it hurt her feelings and confused her. Why would my teacher say that I can’t read the Bible when I’m not bothering anybody else?”
The principal has since apologized, acknowledging a mistake on the teacher’s part, since school policy does allow children to read the Bible or any other religious book during quiet reading time.
“This was injustice,” Jordat says. “No other child has to go through this again.”
Although Jordat accepted the principal’s apology, she is looking for something in writing confirming that reading the Bible is permissible during personal reading time. She also indicated she’ll be seeking legal counsel.