A California teacher is being investigated after complaints that he was distributing "Bible cookies" to students in class.
Manteca Unified District teacher John Alameda has also been said to encourage students to look up Bible verses and attend an after-school Bible club. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says while Alameda's actions were likely well intentioned, he may have crossed the line.
“If what was alleged is true regarding this teacher encouraging the children to read scriptures and specifically pointing out Christian clubs and not other clubs, then the teacher crossed the line,” he says. “But even then, that’s not grounds for termination.”
Dacus and his wife wrote a book called Reclaiming Your School as a guide to help parents and teachers avoid legal conflicts.
“There is so much freedom and so much opportunity that still exists,” he says. “Parents, teachers, students and others need to be aware of what they can do, so they can avoid these kinds of unfortunate allegations and conflicts.”
The book is downloadable and free at the Pacific Justice Institute website.