Texas Student Suspended After Ripping up Bible at School

By:  Dave Bohon
11/11/2013
       
Texas Student Suspended After Ripping up Bible at School

A high school student in Texas is threatening to sue his community's school district after he was suspended for ripping up a Bible in one of his classes.

Isaiah Smith, a senior at Birdville High School in the Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills, Texas, was suspended after he brought a Bible to his first-hour Spanish class and ripped pages out of the book of Leviticus in front of fellow students whom he accused of teasing him over his supposed homosexuality.

The 18-year-old Thomas said he took his Bible to school on October 29 because he claimed he had been harassed by other students in the Spanish class over his sexual orientation. He said that when students told him he was going to hell, he tore pages out of the Book of Leviticus, because, he explained, it was the book of the Bible often quoted in condemnation of homosexuality.

“At my high school, some kids like to say that being gay is a sin and that you can’t be gay and Christian,” Smith told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I wanted to bring my Bible to school and interpret the books of Leviticus and Romans, because they are often used to bully gay people.”

Smith received a three-day suspension for his behavior, but not, a spokesman for the school district insisted, for ripping out the pages of the Bible. Birdsville School District spokesman Mark Thomas told the Star-Telegram that while he couldn't speak specifically about what happened, any student who disrupts the learning environment in the school district faces discipline in keeping with the district's Student Code of Conduct. The Star-Telegram said Thomas insisted that “Smith’s suspension had nothing to do with the passages in the Bible, but with the student’s behavior.”

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