Sheboygan school halts boy from giving Valentines with 'Jesus loves you'
SHEBOYGAN - A mother in Sheybogan says her son is confused and wonders whether he did something wrong after the Sheboygan School District decided he couldn't hand out his valentines in school as planned. Those valentines contained a religious message.
Melissa Wolf says she asked her son what he wanted to do for his valentines. "He said he wanted his favorite superhero. I asked him who that was and he said it was Jesus," Melissa said. He also wanted to include his favorite Bible passage, John 3:16.
Wolf helped her son come up with the idea of printing the message on paper, rolling it up, and then including it in a water bottle with candy.
Melissa says the principal at the school found out about the valentines and consulted with the district. The district decided the religious message should be removed.
Wolf's son didn't understand. "He was extremely confused, he thought he had done something wrong and he couldn't figure out what was wrong about what he did."
Wolf talked to the Principal at the school, James Madison Elementary. She was hoping for an apology. She didn't get one.
"I was just told that he wishes that I would have contacted him about putting questionable material in the valentine prior to handing then out," Melissa said. She says he did use that word, "questionable," to describe the religious passage.
Wolf's other children handed out similar valentines. She admits that she was behind those Valentines, but says the idea all started with her 8-year-old.
We have contacted the Sheboygan School District and have not heard back.