Law group responds to no-Jesus-talk teacher: We believe our client

Friday, February 14, 2014
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A legal group representing a California first grader says it stands by the youngster's censorship allegations against a public school teacher. 

The teacher, Tammy Williams, allegedly told Brynn Williams, "Jesus is not allowed in school," when the child presented the Star of Bethlehem at a Christmas-themed show-and-tell last December.

The teacher now claims she never censored the child.  

The child's family enlisted the help of California-based Advocates for Faith and Freedom.

"We stand behind the facts as provided by our clients," says Advocates general counsel Robert Tyler.


The school district, Temecula Valley Unified School District, released a statement from Williams in which she claimed she cut the student short because she was having trouble completing the speech. In addition, the teacher said she stopped the first-grader after she shared about Mary and Joseph and asked her about her Christmas tradition.

Advocates reported that the student was told to stop her presentation and take her seat, the only child not allowed to finish the one-minute presentation.

After the school responded to the allegation, Tyler says the law group submitted a 20-page response to the school district addressing the claims of the teacher and principal.

Advocates alleges correspondence between the student's mother and the school district show that the principal is trying to cover up.

Williams was allegedly prevented from reciting John 3:16 to complete her speech, and Tyler says the student was only allowed to recite the verse in the principal's office to make her feel better.

Tylers says the law group has a "valid basis to believe our clients and what we were told by them." 

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