Mother infuriated with school after autistic son told to keep Bible out of class

Charlene Sakoda
Odd NewsJanuary 24, 2014

A Dearborn Heights, Michigan mother is incensed after several incidents, she says occurred at her children’s school, Highview Elementary. As reported by WJBK Fox 2, Jessica Cross claims that a teacher told her 8-year-old autistic son Jason, that the Bible he chose to read during free time, should no longer be brought to class. “He said it’s only for church, not school,” said Jason.

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Ms. Cross has numerous other concerns with the school’s practices. “Putting my son in time outs for 13 hours a week and refusing him lunch, and just absurd things that I mean, if I did something like that, I’d be, I'd lose my kids,” explained the mom. Jessica says that she’s spoken to school officials about the issues since October, but the results have been unsatisfactory. Cross said, "We've done meetings. We've met together, and whenever we get all in the same room together, then they just lie."

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Adding to her list of grievances with the school, a questionable worksheet problem given to her 6-year-old daughter, Jaclyn. Jessica said Jaclyn asked her, "'Mommy, why would a daddy drinking wine make a mommy happy?' And I, I dropped my spoon, I was like, 'What?'" Jaclyn’s curiosity was sparked by what appears to be a reading comprehension worksheet that asked students to circle drawings that corresponded to written sentences. The phrase Ms. Cross took offense to read: "My dad drinks wine. He puts a lime in his wine. It makes my mom smile." Jessica said, “Wine does not make this mommy smile. And wine does not make my husband smile.”

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The angry mother said that she spoke to Crestwood schools Superintendent, Dr. Laurine VanValkenburg, but was unhappy with the response. When WJBK spoke to Dr. VanValkenburg she was understanding and acknowledged Ms. Cross’ many concerns. The superintendent said that a child that wants to bring a Bible to school may do so. She also promised to address the worksheet issue, and investigate both incidents as soon as she returned from her trip out of town.

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