OVIEDO, Fla. – The parents of a kindergartner in Florida have pulled their child from public school after they state that their daughter told them that she was recently not allowed to pray over her lunch.
Marcos and Kathy Perez had been considering homeschooling their five-year-old daughter Gabriella, but advise that the alleged incident put matters over the top. Gabriella attends Carrillon Elementary School in Oviedo, and her father works as vice president of sales at the Christian book publisher Charisma House.
The Perez’ state that their daughter told them recently that one of her lunch monitors had spotted her praying over lunch and stopped her from doing do. When they asked her again about the matter to ensure that the story was true, they emailed the school and recorded a video of Gabriella outlining the incident in her own words.
“I was about to pray and say something to Jesus,” Gabriella explained, showing how she had put her hands together and bowed her head. “My lunch teacher told me when I was about to say something, she said, ‘You’re not allowed to pray.’”