Indiana School Teacher Persecutes 7-Year-Old Because He Doesn’t Believe In God

A second grade student was persecuted by his teacher because he told a classmate he didn’t believe in God.

The boy, referred to as A.B. in court documents, revealed his non-belief during a discussion with a fellow classmate on the playground at Forest Park Elementary School. But rather than respecting A.B.’s religious freedom and freedom of speech, his teacher Michelle Meyer treated him like a criminal and separated him from the rest of the class during lunch over a three-day period.

According to the lawsuit,

In February of 2015, A.B. was a second grader at Forest Park Elementary School, a school that is within Fort Wayne Community Schools. During a discussion with a classmate on the playground he responded to a question by indicating that he did not go to church because he did not believe in God. This resulted in his teacher interrogating the child as to his beliefs and requiring the child to sit by himself during lunch and not talk to his classmates during lunch for three days.

Indeed, the unwarranted interrogation occurred because the girl A.B. revealed his non-religious beliefs to became upset about it and told a playground supervisor who then told Meyer.

Rather then inform the girl who A.B. has the right to not believe and explain that not everybody believes the same way or at all, she proceeded to pull A.B. aside and grill him about his beliefs in an apparent effort to indoctrinate him, which included threatening to call his mother to make him think he had done something wrong.

Ms. Meyer asked A.B. if he went to church, whether his family went to church, and whether his mother knew how he felt about God. She also asked A.B. if he believed that maybe God exists. Ms. Meyer told A.B. that she was very concerned about what he had done and that she was going to contact his mother – although she never did.

But the persecution didn’t end there. Two days later, A.B. and the girl were sent to talk with another adult at the school. This time, A.B. was forced to sit and watch as the girl was praised for being a believer while A.B. was scolded spreading “bad ideas.”

This person asked them what the problem was and A.B. indicated that his classmate had become upset when, in response to her question, he had said he did not go to church and did not believe in God. Upon hearing this, the adult employee looked at A.B.’s classmate and stated that she should not be worried and should be happy she has faith and that she should not listen to A.B.’s bad ideas. She then patted the little girl’s hand. This was, again, extremely upsetting to A.B. as it reinforced his feeling that he had done something very wrong.

That day, A.B. was publicly shamed for being a non-believer by being isolated from his classmates at lunch. Several of his classmates also began to shun him and continue to do so just because he isn’t a sheep for God. He was deprived of his basic human and constitutional rights. What’s worse, his punishment was sanctioned by school employees who had no right to single him out and persecute him. It certainly appears like they were trying to indoctrinate him by shaming him. Now A.B. fears going to school.

Needless to say, A.B.’s mother was pissed that her son was treated that way. She called the school and demanded the shaming end immediately. It did, but the damage had already been done and the teacher made no effort whatsoever to explain to students that she was wrong to punish A.B. and that it’s okay not to believe in God, because it is his right as an American citizen to believe or not to believe.

The teacher has not apologized for her actions, but the school released the following statement:

“It is clear that it is not the province of a public school to advance or inhibit religious beliefs or practices. Under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, this remains the inviolate province of the individual and the church of his/her choice. The rights of any minority, no matter how small, must be protected.”

A lawsuit has been filed seeking monetary damages– rightfully so. This teacher bullied a student and signaled to her students that it is okay for them to bully A.B., because he is an atheist. Despite the claims of many whining conservative “Christians,” this is what real religious persecution looks like.

This teacher should be fired or forced to resign and so should the other “adult” who spoke to A.B. about his non-belief. She not only damaged A.B., she damaged each and every student by teaching them to hate a classmate simply because he didn’t share their belief. That’s a tragedy that will have consequences for years to come as these kids have to adjust to an increasingly tolerant and diverse world.

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