Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bible incident draws concerns

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Some Janesville parents said that they're concerned that in this incident, in which a student allegedly tore pages from a Bible, the balance between the two was tipped toward the First Amendment, WISC-TV reported.

As many Parker High School students get ready for Christmas break, junior Elle Jacobson is at home and will not be returning like her friends.

"I have never felt threatened like that in a classroom before," said Jacobson.

The 17-year-old is talking about an incident in her English class two weeks ago during a class presentation.

"This boy got up and his visual aid was a Bible and a book. And he got up and started his speech by saying 'Now, this piece of crap' and pointed to the Bible."

Jacobson said that she quickly felt threatened.

"He took the Bible and he said, 'I'm going to do this because I can. I'm going to do something that your stupid, little minds aren't going to be able to comprehend and he took the Bible and started ripping out pages."

School officials said that they know about the incident.

"We take this extremely seriously," said Dr. Karen Schulte, Janesville School District safety and security coordinator.

Officials said that they will not confirm whether the boy was suspended.

According to the, [t]he student was suspended, his mother said. She was told he couldn’t return to school until he had undergone a psychological evaluation. He was out of school for a week.

I certainly don't condone the tearing up of the Bible, but the Word of God is not the Bible, the Bible is the recorded Word of God. Tearing up a book isn't going to destroy the Word and only makes the person doing it appear foolish.

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away."
- Luke 21:33

This poor child is simply the product of the culture that is turning out many who think just like him, but may not be so bold as to act out in such a way. God help him and help us all.

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