March 7, 2021

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School Forces 9-Year-Old Girl to Remove ‘Jesus Loves Me’ Face Mask, Parents Sue

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In early October, a nine-year-old Christian girl from Mississippi wore a “Jesus Loves Me” face mask to school. She was forced to remove it and replace it with one the school approved.

On Monday, her parents, Matthew and Jennifer Booth, filed a federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination.

The lawsuit notes that the school’s “Religious Speech Policy prohibits messages on masks that are ‘political, religious, sexual or inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive, disruptive or deemed distractive to the school environment.”

The lawsuit states that the censorship of the student’s religious message, and the “Religious Speech Policy and practice on which that censorship is based, violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

On October 8, the Booth’s daughter, Lydia, wore the mask to Simpson Central School. During a computer class, the teacher told her she could not wear a mask with words on it, but did not instruct her to remove it, according to the lawsuit. When Lydia informed her mother, she was confused because Lydia had worn the mask before without any problem. She had also seen other students with masks that had words on them, according to the lawsuit. Jennifer then researched whether the school’s policy banned masks with words.

The lawsuit claims that after being unable to find such a reference, Jennifer posted on Facebook that Lydia would wear the mask again on October 13. That morning, the school’s principal contacted Jennifer Booth and said that Lydia’s mask violated the school’s dress code, according to the lawsuit. The code prohibits “clothing, advertising, alcoholic beverages or drug culture, clothing with obscene language or gestures or clothing of any suggestive nature.”

‘Black Lives Matter’ Allowed, Jesus Not

The principal of the school poked her head into the classroom and winked at Lydia, and then the teacher’s assistant asked Lydia to change her mask before lunch so that no one saw her. Lydia then replaced the mask with one with a panda on it, the lawsuit claims.

The same afternoon, Jennifer Booth emailed the superintendent of the district and the principal, stating, “I am requesting my child return to wearing her mask TODAY and have an apology to her from the school district.” The lawsuit states that when she was picked up from school, Lydia was upset because she could not wear her “Jesus Loves Me” mask to school.

The lawsuit notes that the “Jesus Loves Me’ mask caused no disruptions, upset no students, and no student objected to its message. The complaint also notes that the “defendants regularly permit (the student’s) schoolmates to wear masks, with messages on them. Following are just a few examples of the messages and designs Plaintiff and her parents have observed on other students’ and faculty’s masks: Jackson State University logo; New Orleans Saints logo; ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Lydia and her family. ADF legal counsel Michael Ross stated:

Public schools have a duty to respect the free expression of students that the First Amendment guarantees to them. While school administrators face challenges in helping students navigate school life during a pandemic, those officials simply can’t suspend the First Amendment or arbitrarily pick and choose the messages that students can or can’t express. Other students within the school district have freely worn masks with the logos of local sports teams or even the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ This student deserves an equal opportunity to peacefully express her beliefs.

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19 thoughts on “School Forces 9-Year-Old Girl to Remove ‘Jesus Loves Me’ Face Mask, Parents Sue

  1. Well in my eyes, there wasn’t a problem with the little girl wearing the mask until, a teacher walked over and told her that she could not wear the mask she had on? If Black Lives Matter, is ok then the Mask that says, Jesus Loves Me, should have been ok! There are enough problems in a school that adults have to go after a little girl and cause her to be embarrassed, in front of her peers! Maybe that was the only mask the girl had, and to make take it off as if she had done something wrong, when in fact, it was the teacher that were wrong! Teacher’s should just teach, and leave the rest of what children need to their parents???

  2. Thanks god this is a free country and we can do whatever we desire to do no one will stop us to put wearing what we want Cristo is the king of the world either you like it or not, not the BLM

  3. EVERY citizen in the USA, has the right to express their opinion(s) in a peaceful and non-aggressive way. That teacher overstepped her authority. I do not believe she would have taken that action had the mask-wearer been an adult. She is a bully, plain as day. Kudos to the parents and to the little girl. More people should follow the little girl’s example and wear that which shows the world the love that Jesus has for everyone …..even that bigoted teacher.

  4. She should be able to wear her Jesus mask anytime she wants after all Jesus does love her and you too. Knowing that is the most important thing in life. When will you people learn that and get the devil out of your lives and replace him with Jesus. Amen

  5. ⛧⸸ 𝙃𝙖𝙞𝙡 𝙇𝙤𝙧𝙙 𝙎𝙖𝙩𝙖𝙣 ⸸⛧
    ⛧⸸ 𝘼𝙡𝙡 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙣𝙨 𝙎𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝘽𝙚 𝙀𝙭𝙚𝙘𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙙 ⸸⛧

  6. Just another liberal trampling of our Constitutional rights. Expect a flood of new laws and regulations that clamp down on the population and take away right over the next 4 years after what appears to be massive fraudulent vote reporting by the Democratic Party.
    I still say, take any district that went Democratic and not expected to, and get the total number of registered voters from that district, add the total Democratic and Republican votes together and if it exceeds more an 2% of the registered voters the vote is tainted and should be thrown out.

  7. I believe she shoukd’ve had the right to wear her mask! In preparation she should start a petition so she can get as many signatures as she can as support.

  8. If the school allows a mask with black lives matter and NOT Jesus Loves Me the school is not following their own policies and should be taken to court. This would show the discrimination and unjust thinking towards a Conservative person and their beliefs

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