Church claims evangelizing students punished for ‘kindness’

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — About 200 members of a Roswell church are protesting discipline against students who tried to leave doughnuts with religious messages for their teachers.

Members of Church on the Move said at Tuesday’s Roswell school board meeting that the students faced suspension and detention for leaving doughnuts in teachers’ lounges Sept. 3.

Parent Sheila Bejarano said her 16-year-old son received a weekend detention.

“My son was showing kindness … and he was punished? What did my child do that was so wrong?” she asked.

Church officials said about 25 students tried to distribute doughnuts.

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