Rosewell, NM High School Principal: "I don't like Christians."
Christian students suspended for bible doughnut handout
Posted Sep 17, 2010 @ 11:36 AM
Roswell, NM — Roswell, NM - A New Mexico School principal has retaliated against three Christian students by suspending them for giving fresh Krispy Kreme Doughnuts with Bible verses to each of their teachers. This school is already named in a pending lawsuit filed by Liberty Counsel on behalf of families and students who were bullied, and one suspended, for exercising their freedom of religion by distributing abstinence wristbands and plastic models of babies at 12 weeks gestation to bring attention to the life of the unborn.
About 25 Christian students in the group, Relentless in Roswell, expressed appreciation for their teachers by giving them dough nuts. Since the closest Krispy Kreme shop was in Texas, some of the group drove almost six hours round trip, stayed overnight, got up at 3:00 a.m. filled their car's back seat with fresh doughnuts and got back to school on time to deliver the doughnuts. When the doughnuts were handed out, a scripture verse was included. One student was immediately sent home and two others were forced to spend a Saturday morning sitting alone in the classroom for four hours as a punishment.
In the past, the same student group had handed out sandwiches, hot chocolate, and candy canes to the student body and faculty. They helped staff with the trash and fellow students with their lunch trays. They also distributed rocks with affirming words like "U are wonderful' painted on one side and "Psalm 139" on the other. When the plastic babies were handed out school officials said "It's time to shut this down. Some people are getting offended." That morning, one student had decided to take her own life because of her past decision to abort. When she received a model baby with the scripture "you are fearfully and wonderfully made" she cried and prayed with the students and her life was saved, both physically and spiritually with the forgiveness of God. However, the students were then pulled out of class and instructed by Principal Ruben Bolaños to cease their "Christian" acts because they had made their point. He later said, "I don't like Christians. All they do is smile at you and then stab you in the back."
Pastor Troy Smothermon with the affiliated Church on the Move said, "Our motives were not rebellious. If they were, we would have just bought a box of doughnuts down the street. The whole purpose was to encourage those in the school. We are challenging the constitutionality, but our motive here was to love. Faith without works is dead. We want them to know that we love them and that Christ loves them."
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: "Some teachers are worried about their students giving them bullets, and this school suspends students over a Bible verse! These students are living their Christian beliefs by showing kindness. It is outrageous that the Roswell school officials are mean to these students solely because they are hostile to their Christian faith."