Florida, Aug 27(ANI): Several children from the Dove World Outreach Center, a new testament church in Florida, were involved in a controversy after they arrived at area public schools with shirts bearing an anti-Muslim statement.
According to reports, their shirts had "Islam is of the Devil" written on it, and were sent home for violation of the school district's dress code after they declined to change their clothing or cover the statement.
Tom Wittmer, school district staff attorney, said that the shirts violated a district ban on clothing that may "disrupt the learning process" or cause other students to be "offended or distracted."
"Students have a right of free speech, and we have allowed students to come to school wearing clothes with messages. But, this message is a divisive message that is likely to offend students. Principals, I feel reasonably, have deemed that a violation of the dress code," Gainesville.com quoted Wittmer, as saying.
Wittmer further said that there has to be equal treatment of different faiths, students must restrain themselves from discriminating other students on their religious beliefs, in this case members of the Muslim community.
"The next kid might show up with a shirt saying 'Christianity is of the Devil'," Wittmer added. (ANI)