Teachers Disciplined for”Holy Water” Accusation

Lord, let justice prevail in this situation. Let Christians arise to their defense and may these teachers be restored to their positions without any further discipline. May freedom of speech and religion not be hindered in this school as a result of these allegations. We ask that Schandra Rodriguez would come to know You as her Lord and Savior and be used to turn athiests to You.

Some local ministers in Florida are coming to the defense of two teachers who have been removed from their classrooms and are under investigation for allegations they offended an atheist colleague.

Rev. O’Neal Dozier, pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center Church in Pompano Beach, hosted a meeting on Monday with local clergy to discuss the accusations against two Christian teachers at Blanche Ely High School. Leslie Rainer and Djuna Robinson are accused of sprinkling “holy water” on fellow teacher Schandra Rodriguez, an avowed atheist, who was expressing her lack of belief in God with students. (More details)

Dozier tells OneNewsNow that the March 11 incident was blown out of proportion. “This was no more than a friendly, joking discussion that was taken to a higher level,” he states.

Oneal DozierThe pastor says one of the Christian teachers did take out a perfume bottle from her purse. “And she held it up and she said ‘I think you need to be sprinkled with holy water,'” he acknowledges. “Now she didn’t sprinkle her; she sprinkled no one.”

Rodriguez filed a complaint with the Broward County School District, which resulted in the two teachers being escorted from their classrooms — in the presence of students; and prompted an investigation — to the displeasure of Rev. Dozier.

“The mishandling of this particular case has prompted a violation of these two teachers’ first amendment constitutional rights — namely freedom of speech and freedom of religion,” he argues.

In the meantime, the two Christian teachers have been reassigned to administrative jobs within the school district. According to the South Florida Times, Rodriguez has been allowed to remain in the classroom.


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2 Responses to Teachers Disciplined for”Holy Water” Accusation

  1. Del Curtis says:

    I believe there are several persons here who need to be corrected:
    1) Ms. Rainer and Ms. Robinson for trivialisng something that is an important part of the religious practices of others, by threatening to sprinkle a co-worker with holy water because of her beliefs.
    2) Ms. Rodriguez for filing a formal complaint instead of sitting down and having an “adult” conversation to resolve this matter.
    3) Whoever the administrator was that removed Ms. Rainer and Ms. Robinson from their classes. It is a difficult enough task to establish and maintain the respect of students in today’s world. There was no threat to the wellbeing of the children. If the three “alleged adults” could not resolve this among themselves administration should have handled it after student hours and in a way that didn’t undermine any of the three teachers.

  2. Lynn says:

    “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body…
    And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and THEREFORE I SPOKE”…we also believe AND THEREFORE SPEAK!
    2 Corinthians 4:14

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