I miss how cool lunch was when we were little. As an adult, lunchtime is so boring and sad. You sit in your office, at home or in your cubicle shoveling food into your mouth because you are in such a rush to get back to work.
One mom got in a little trouble with the law over the notes she was leaving in her child's lunch bag. Christina Zavala of Palmdale, CA would send her 7-year-old, Caleb, to Desert Rose Elementary school every day with a bible verse and an encouraging note in his lunch bag. Her son would read them out loud, and eventually the other kids at his table wanted their own copies. So she made more for his friends. Her little notes became quite popular at the lunch table!
On April 18th, a teacher from the school called Zavala (pictured above) and asked her to please stop sending the bible verses because he was "not allowed to share such things while at school." The teacher cited "separation of church and state." If she wanted to still send them, he could share the verses outside of the school gate after the bell rang. So she agreed.
On May 9th, Zavala was told by the principal that the school was putting a complete ban on sharing the bible verses because "it was against school policy."
A few hours later the Zavala family heard a knock at their front door. It was a deputy sheriff that had been sent by the school. The deputy explained that the school was worried that someone might be offended by the Bible verses. The deputy was friendly, but still, the school's message was clear.
So in an attempt to learn what her family's rights were, Zavala lawyered up. She contacted the Liberty Counsel, a Christian non-profit organization and they agreed to take on her case. The lawyer representing the family, Horatio Mihet, says that Caleb's First Amendment rights were being violated by the school.
"It was outrageous and should shock the conscious [sic] of every freedom-loving American... Apparently all the real criminals have been dealt with in Palmdale ”” and now they're going after kids who share Bible verses during lunch time ... I would expect something like this to happen in Communist Romania ”” where I went to elementary school ”” but cops don't bully 7-year-olds who want to talk about Jesus in the Land of the Free," Mihet said.
"If students are permitted to pass out Valentine or birthday cards at school or to talk about Superman and Captain America at lunch, they cannot be prohibited from sharing Bible verses and discussing their faith during their free, non-instructional time."