A national religious liberty law firm is threatening to sue a Florida public school district over allegations that a high school math teacher forced Christian students to remove cross necklaces and that she is engaging in LGBT activism in her classroom. The Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter on Thursday to Superintendent Jeff Eakins of Hillsborough County Public Schools on behalf of a ninth-grade student who claims that her math teacher at Riverview High School, Lora Jane Riedas, required her to remove her cross while in class.
According to the letter, Riedas has banned as many as three students from wearing crosses in her classroom, “claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols.'” The cross pendant that the teacher allegedly forced the ninth-grade client to remove was less than an inch long. “One of our student clients reports that she had just sat down in class, and placed her books on her desk, when Ms. Riedas approached her,” the letter reads. “Referencing the tiny cross necklace which was around the student’s neck, Ms. Riedas said, ‘I need you to take your necklace off.'” READ MORE