A lesbian high school teacher is being accused of forbidding students from wearing crosses in her Florida classroom.
Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver has sent a letter to Hillsborough County schools alleging that math teacher Lora Jane Riedas forbids crosses and punishes students who wear them as jewelry.
Staver sent a letter to Superintendent Jeff Eakins on April 19, stating that the teacher has punished at least three students for wearing the supposed "gang symbol" in her class at Riverview High School.
Staver's allegations were picked up by the Tampa Bay Times, which quoted a spokeswoman saying there have been no complaints from any students or parents about Riedas.
Staver's letter, however, includes specific allegations from a student who said Riedas called her necklace "disrespectful" and told her to take it off.
Courts have ruled that students have the First Amendment right to wear a cross in a public school classroom and the teacher is violating that right, Staver wrote, pointing out numerous court rules to back his claim.
Staver's allegations go farther than cross jewelry, however, since Riedas is an open lesbian and spouts homosexual activism in her classroom.
Riedas sponsors the school's Gay-Straight Alliance and her classroom is adorned with buttons and posters, and she once put "rainbow" stickers on students' classroom folders without their permission, Staver alleges, citing students' complaints.
Yet the allegations go one step farther: Staver and Liberty Counsel claim that the teacher's lesbian partner (pictured below) also teaches at Riverview High and once wore a cross made of skulls and dressed as a nun – an obvious, blatant attempt to mock Christianity.
"What we have here are two lesbians that are promoting and indoctrinating the LGBT agenda in the classroom to their students," Staver tells OneNewsNow. "Punishing those that don't agree and targeting Christians because they won't accept her radical lesbianism."
Despite the school's denial of complaints, the spokeswoman said the allegations are being investigated.
Staver's letter was also mailed to the Hillsborough school board members.