Some parents at a local middle school say people are pushing religion on their children and they say it’s happening too close to school grounds. We have the latest on the debate over religion in schools. The Gideons were giving out bibles to students on the sidewalk outside Nellie N. Coffman Middle School in Cathedral City.
Kids say they were handing the bibles without saying what they were. When parents picked them up, some felt offended, saying the bibles had been pushed on them on school grounds.
It’s a little book that causes so much controversy when it gets close to this a public middle school.
A mother and daughter spoke to us about the Gideons, who they say were handing out bibles to students. Witnesses say they came by Nellie Coffman as kids got off school.
"All they did was put it in my hand and said ‘this is a gift for you for the day’ and they never mentioned what it was," 8th grader Ariana Wilson told us.
Three families tell NewsChannel 3 they were offended when their kids came home with bibles in hand.
"They’re targeting minors, not giving parents materials to give to their children. It’s not their job to skip mom and dad and go straight to the kids," said Airana’s mother, Rachele. [Source]
Well since this didn’t actually happen on school property maybe the parents can push congress to enact a Federal Bible-Free School Zones act.