August 7, 2022

Smithville students recite Bible verses in class, some parents worried

The FOX 7 video obtained shows first-grade students at Brown Elementary School in Smithville reciting a Bible verse from the book of Romans in class. “It was disturbing to me,” Charlie Lucko said.

Charlie Lucko is the parent of a pre-K student at school.

“Apart from the fact that it’s unconstitutional, every child deserves to be raised developing their own values ​​or values ​​based on those of their family,” Lucko said.

The teacher received some support on Facebook after sharing the video, but Lucko thinks decisions like this could be a slippery slope, especially if the verse came from a different religion.

“I’m sure it would have been a totally different reaction. I think it shows a level of bias and prejudice that is part of the problem for me. I have nothing against religion. I really love Jesus. I love his teachings, his practices and it has had a great impact on my life, but I don’t believe it is part of the public school system,” Lucko said.

Smithville ISD released this statement which reads in part:

In a Facebook post, teacher Susan Schobel says she’s breaking the rules…and if she gets kicked out, it would be for a good reason. The district did not indicate what action they might take with the teacher. Lucko hopes this can be a lesson for the officials and he wants his student to choose his own path.

“There are a lot of people from different faiths attending this school,” Lucko said.

Smithville ISD did not say what action they might take with the teacher.