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It's bad enough that Trinity Lutheran School suspended a 12-year-old girl for allegedly selling "sex toys" that were, in fact, innocent "water wiggle" toys she was selling for a church fundraiser. It's bad enough that this story has been widely reported around the world, making Racine the focus of international ridicule and mockery. But now Trinity Lutheran is taking legal action against the girl's father to try to silence his First Amendment rights. Furthermore, the school's leaders are trying to drag the family's name in the mud and misdirect the public's attention by bringing up stories from the past that have nothing to do with what happened at the school on Feb. 9.

What kind of example are they setting for the children? A student who engaged in such behavior would be called a bully. If Trinity Lutheran is truly committed to Christian values, they should seek atonement for the wrongs they have done to this girl and her family. In doing so, they would provide their students with an example of the meaning of repentance. Sometimes it's hard to say, "I'm sorry." Let's pray that Trinity Lutheran's leadership will learn to say it.

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Dave Palmer

Mount Pleasant

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