News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Mater Academy.png 1.png
Mater Academy.png
World News

Student that suffered abuse for taking his bible to school files lawsuit

by Alex Collett

A Christian student from Florida, who received abuse and was told not to take his bible to school, has filed a lawsuit.

Nicholas Ortiz, 14, is allegedly 'seeking significant damages because the school has destroyed his educational experience.'

Through his parents Rafael and Lourdes Ortiz, the Dhillon Law Group has filed a 206-page lawsuit against Mater Academy, a public charter school in Hialeah Gardens.

The document says: "Nicholas Ortiz, a 14- year-old freshman was discriminated and retailiated against by his high school Mater Academy, because he is a Christian."

"Nicholas repeatedly made the school aware of a pattern of persuasive bullying by his fellow students, bullying that re-enforced by the words and actions of the school.

"Yet the school did not just sweep Nicholas's bullying claims under the rug, failing to report them as required by the law, they retailiated against Nicholas for reporting the harrassment."

The high school freshman began attending Mater Academy Cutler Bay in 2018 and remained enrolled until January 2022. 

The teen, during this time, would often take his Bible to school, to read during his free time to further his faith.

However, many of his fellow students, school staff and administrators did not like it.

Many incidents detailed in the suit highlighted how awful conditions became for Ortiz, as he tried to live out his faith at the school.

These included physical and emotional abuse, and Nicholas's parents allege that they repeatedly complained to the school about the bullying of their son, but nothing was ever done to protect him.

Mater Academy has yet to comment on the case. 

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email