Texas Community Stands Behind Teacher Criticized for Having Children Recite Bible Verse Each Day

Susan Schobel, a first-grade teacher in Texas, received support for having kids in her classroom recite a Bible verse, although a few parents were upset. (iStock/Google Maps)
Susan Schobel, a first-grade teacher in Texas, received support for having kids in her classroom recite a Bible verse, although a few parents were upset. (iStock/Google Maps)

The town of Smithville, Texas is rallying around an elementary school teacher who received backlash after she posted a video of her first-grade class reciting a Bible verse.

Susan Schobel’s now-deleted Facebook video posted on Nov. 1 showed the children at Brown Primary School quoting from a passage of Scripture in the New Testament book of Romans.

“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good,” the children were recorded saying along as they sat in a circle.

Schobel described it as the “daily Bible verse” for the class.

The majority-Christian community of 4,200 people showed their support with t-shirts that had the hashtag #IStandwithSusan and the Bible verse – Romans 12:9-10 – on them.

One mother whose children were all educated in the Smithville public school system told the local newspaper she’s never seen religion or faith expressed in the classroom curriculum said the community’s faith is felt but not forced.

“In a place like this, where there is almost literally a church on every corner, it’s going to come out somehow,” Hope Mosqueda told the Austin American-Statesman. “Maybe not even trying intentionally to influence anyone.”

In a later post, which is now deleted, Schobel wrote: “If I get fired teaching my children about Jesus then I’m getting fired for a great reason!”

One parent called it unconstitutional and “religious indoctrination,” while another said it was not okay.

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SOURCE: Caleb Parke | Fox News