Who would’ve thought the phrase “Jesus loves me” would be offensive.
Third-grader Lydia Booth from Mississippi wore a face mask to school just like her other classmates but to her dismay, the principal of Simpson Central School told her to remove her mask because it had the phrase, “Jesus loves me”.
Two days later after the incident, her school released this statement “political, religious, sexual or any inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive” may not be displayed on students’ masks.
So. basically the school is saying “Jesus loves me” is too offensive.
The third grader’s family is now teamed up with the Alliance Defending Freedom and has now filed a federal lawsuit.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 9, 2021
Mississippi family sues school in 'Jesus Loves Me' mask ban https://t.co/NKDPUOuWeG
— Clarion Ledger (@clarionledger) November 4, 2020
The Associated Press covered the story, see what they had to share:
A Mississippi couple is suing a school district because they say their 9-year-old daughter was told she could not wear a mask with the phrase “Jesus Loves Me.”
Their lawsuit accuses the Simpson County School District of discriminating against the third grader because she wants to express her religious beliefs. The district requires students to wear face masks to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The couple is asking a federal judge to declare that the district’s policy banning “political, religious, sexual or inappropriate statements” on masks is unconstitutional. The lawsuit also seeks unspecified “nominal damages” and attorneys’ fees.
The child attends Simpson Central School in Pinola. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson and represents one side of a legal argument. It identifies the child by her initials, L.B.
“Pursuant to her sincerely held religious beliefs, L.B. desires to wear masks to SCS with positive and uplifting religious messages, like the ‘Jesus Loves Me’ mask the Defendants barred her from wearing,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit says the Simpson County School District’s mask policy originally did not prohibit religious messages but that the policy was changed after a teacher and an administrator told L.B. she could not wear the “Jesus Loves Me” mask.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 5, 2020
The New York Post covered the concerning story too:
A third-grade pupil in Mississippi was robbed of her First Amendment rights when her school forced her to take off a mask that said “Jesus Loves Me,” a new lawsuit claims.
Lydia Booth, 9, was ordered by her principal to remove the mask Oct. 13 at Simpson Central Elementary School in Pinola — claiming that it went against district policy, news station WLBT reported.
The school later issued a statement banning any mask that displays “political, religious, sexual or any inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive, disruptive or deemed distractive to the school environment.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit Monday on her family’s behalf claiming the district violated her free speech.
“Public schools have a duty to respect the free expression of students that the First Amendment guarantees to them,” ADF attorney Michael Ross said.
The far-left is trying to take God out of schools in every way possible but they fail to realize they’ll never be able to take Jesus out of people’s hearts!