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Students at Forest Heights Community School in Chester Grant are discussing religious beliefs and freedom of speech today, but William Swinimer, the student who sparked the debate, isn't part of that discussion.
His father, John Swinimer, pulled him out of the school when he arrived this morning following a five-day suspension for wearing a T-shirt that said Life is Wasted Without Jesus. John Swinimer said neither his son nor his daughter will return while such debates are going on.
“He will not attend this school unless they are having readin', writin' and 'rithmetic, good old-fashioned academics. When they're having forums, when they're having other extra curricular activities, he will not attend that school. ... The taxpayer is paying for him to learn his academics as well as the other students and I am not standing for any of this stuff.”
Grade 10 student Riley Gibb-Smith said the situation is about far more than a T-shirt slogan. “This thing never was about a shirt. ... He's telling kids they'll burn in hell if they don't confess themselves to Jesus, he's said that,” Riley said
He is an exchange student from Australia and said Swinimer approached him on his third day at his new school. He said Swinimer frequently preaches to kids and won't stop when they tell him they've had enough.
Student council vice-president Katelyn Hiltz said she fully supports the school suspending Swinimer after he had been told repeatedly that some students were upset by his proselytizing and found his shirt offensive.
“I mean, a school is a place to feel safe and welcome and comfortable and if he's going to make them feel their life is wasted without Jesus, they're not going to feel comfortable, and they're not going to feel welcome, they're not going to feel safe, so they're just not going to want to be here anymore.”
Originally posted by Mkoll
reply to post by MagnumOpus
I've had a thread derailed by proselytizing christians and atheists attacking one another. They were both absolutely right, of course. It was pretty funedit on 7-5-2012 by Mkoll because: (no reason given)
The kid has the right to wear the shirt wherever he wants. But if he is harassing other kids then it changes the situation. The biggest problem is that the school went after the shirt in this case, when they should have gone after his behavior. Religious freedom is fine, but it's not freedom if you are trying to push it on people that don't want to hear it.
Correct. I would even say he has a right to talk about Jesus, but when someone asks you to stop, and you don't, it's harrassment. The school made a bad call on this one.
Originally posted by MagnumOpus
It is bad the newspapers were misleading this major mess as being over just a T-shirt, because there is much more to the issue.
Originally posted by boncho
What I don't understand with the father, is how he claims to pull his kid from school because "taxpayers are paying for him to learn not to have forums on religious expression." yet it was how his son was expressing his religious views that sparked the forum in the first place. If the son just went to school and did his studies as intended (without using the school as biblical recruiting grounds) this never would have happened.
Originally posted by RealSpoke
Well I imagine he isn't very popular ;(
I hate it when Christians attack other people and make claims that they're going to go to hell. It's like you are you to judge?, you silly human.
edit on 7-5-2012 by RealSpoke because: (no reason given)