A case surrounding a kindergarten girl that was allegedly told to stop praying at school may be a hoax.
5-year-old Gabriella claims that she was told to stop praying by teacher during her lunch break at Carillon Elementary. Gabriella’s parents made a video of their daughter recounting the story and posted it to YouTube. After posting the video, the girls’ parents contacted the school’s principal about the incident. The parents are being represented by Liberty Institute of Plano, Texas, a religious-liberty law firm, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Jeremiah Dys, the Liberty Institute attorney representing the family, has written a letter to the school giving it until April 7 to issue a formal apology before it has to possibly face legal action.
Michael Lawrence, a school spokesman, said that none of the teachers remember the incident happening and that there is no policy in the school that bans prayer. He also said that the school’s principal made sure to tell staff that there were no rules against prayer following the incident. Lawrence says that schools officials are considering the possibility that Gabriella may have misinterpreted something, the Orlando Sentinel notes.
The YouTube video of Gabriella’s version of the incident can be seen below.