MIDDLETON, Wis. – Middleton-Cross Plains school district officials are doing more than urging parents to stop serving “Jesus Lunches” to high school students at a public park every Tuesday.

They have been physically trying to block the parents from using the park.

School officials set up cones to block parents from using the parking lot at Fireman’s Park, near Middleton High School, on Tuesday, according to Phil Stamman, an attorney who is representing the mothers involved with the Jesus Lunch program.

Donald Johnson, the superintendent of the Middleton-Cross Plains district, was among the school officials who tried to order the parents from using the park, Stamman said.

The parents ignored school officials’ orders to turn away, according to Stamman. They parked along the street, walked into the park and set up the food for the lunch, anyway, he said.

“They coned up the parking lot, waited there and confronted my clients and told them to leave,” Stamman said. “(The parents) responded how I recommended. They walked right past them. The superintendent repeatedly tried to confront them. He was the first one. But they just moved on.”

The school district claims it has jurisdiction over the city-owned park because it leases it from the city during school hours. But that lease does not prevent citizens from entering or using the park for any legal reason, according to Stamman.

“Case law is very clear about that,” Stamman said. “The public park can be leased to another public entity, but it’s a non-exclusive lease. It’s not fenced off and it’s still open to the public. Because of that the laws associated with the First Amendment still apply.

“Nobody else was being told not to walk into the park.”

Beth Williams, one of the organizers of the student lunches, issued a statement defending her group’s right to use the park.

“Fireman’s Park – a public park owned by the city of Middleton – remains accessible to everyone in the public for the purposes of assembly and free speech,” the statement said, according to Madison.com. “By law, the lease agreement between the city and the school district of Middleton does not privatize the park.”

School district officials could not be reached for comment.

The weekly lunches, involving parents meeting with students to eat, discuss their Christian faith and distribute Bibles, have been going on for years. It started on the high school campus with a handful of students meeting their mothers for lunch, but became much bigger over the past few years and moved off campus, eventually to Fireman’s Park, according to media reports.

“In the spring of 2014 … 10 students invited their friends to a free lunch and a brief spiritual talk in the open air pavilion across from the high school,” according to AllGodsPeople.com. “The group meets for eight weeks in the fall, and eight weeks in the spring. The first week 40 students showed up, then 70, the next week,100 students came. The five moms make all the meals, set the tables, arrange for the speakers and clean up, every week.

“Last fall the word had spread (pun intended) and the first week 200 kids showed up, then 300, then 400-450 every week! That represents 25% of the Middleton High School student body, meeting every week for a free hot lunch and listening to a Christian message.”

School district officials recently sent a letter to parents, expressing concerns about the event and urging parents to end it.

The letter said school officials “believe that religious or political events do not have a place in our schools or on our campus, except when sponsored by a student group in accordance with our rules, which require prior approval.

“In addition, many students have conveyed to us their concern about a group offering free food to incentivize participation in a religious event on campus. The result of which has a divisive impact on our learning community. As such, we will continue to work with the parent group to find an amicable solution.”

The school district has also expressed concern about the quality of the food being served to students, but Stammen rejected that argument.

“Their true motivation is clear – it’s the religious speech (they object to),” said Stamman, who added that school officials have sought the help of local police to evict the parents, but they have declined to intervene. “Students are free to go a local gas station to buy food, a friend’s house, McDonalds. It’s not an issue with food. The problem is the religious message and the fact that it’s becoming too effective.”

Stamman said the parents could take legal action to protect their right to use the park, serve the lunches and speak freely about their religious faith.

“I’ve been talking to a lawyer for the city and my clients and the Alliance Defending Freedom,” he said. “We’re reviewing our options. We have not decided how to move forward yet.”

301 responses to “EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: School administrators try to physically block parents from hosting ‘Jesus Lunch’”

  1. M. N. says:

    Fire those administrators Immediately! She was way too obliging of them. There is no reason for them to talk to them, school is not compulsory and neither is the food they eat. Tell them to rot in hell.

    • Eleanor says:

      they won’t need to be told

    • Mary Smylie Gibbons says:

      School is compulsory. The lunches are not.

      • Expat2001 says:

        Education is compulsory. Public schools are optional.

      • M. N. says:

        School is not compulsory according to our Constitution – people have a right to attend, not be forced to attend.

        • School is not compulsory according to the Constitution of the United States and the various State Constitutions., that is true. But, there are many Federal and State Laws, regulations, etc., that make it so. Well, make getting a K-12 education (or semblance thereof) compulsory. As most parents have neither the financial resources for private schools nor the time/ability to home school, that leaves the Public Indoctrination, er, I mean Public Education System which lacking the aforementioned becomes compulsory by default.

          • Vincent Knoll says:

            you are BOTH WRONG at the state level school is required you IDIOTS

          • Learn to read. “School” in the context of government K-12 is NOT mandatory in any state. What is compulsory is that children receive an education equivalent to a K-12 education as given in the Public School System including meeting State and/or Federal mandated test scores in various required subjects.

            That education can come through attendance in a State/Public or Private School or by home schooling. That is what Both M.N. and myself were addressing in our replies to Mary S. Gibbons and I believe was M.N.’s intent when stating that school was not mandatory.

            It is by lack of other options that many who would not otherwise do so, send their kids to public schools. Because they have neither thtetime, ability, nor financial resources to do anything else.

      • maudieNmandeville says:

        Haven’t read where any student was compelled. You?

    • Brent Bohn says:

      What kind of person tells others to “rot in hell”?! Who are you- sounds like religion vs a true relationship with Jesus. He would never say or desire such a thing. Check your heart.

      • M. N. says:

        I didn’t say I was going to burn him in hell…but he will rot in hell for what he is doing. I’m the kind of believer that God takes care of the idiots in the end.

      • M. N. says:

        I didn’t say I was going to burn him in hell…but he will rot in hell for what he is doing. I’m the kind of believer that God takes care of the idiots in the end.

        • Vincent Knoll says:

          you are judging others again you need to read John ch 8

          • M. N. says:

            LOL…no, merely pointing out the obvious – run to your safe space.

          • He may or may not “rot in hell.” Whether he does or not depends on whether he repents and believes the Gospel, or not. As no one other than God knows what will happen or not happen in this man’s life between now and his death, only God can definitively say he will “rot in hell” or “be welcome in heaven.”

            Perhaps had you qualified your statement with “Unless he repents and believes the Gospel, he will rot in hell.” Which statement could truthfully be said of any and all who at presently deny Christ.

            Just sayin.

          • M. N. says:

            And…you really think they are capable of this…sigh…

          • Actually, no, I don’t. But it’s not a question of what I think they are capable of but what God is capable of doing on their behalf. Remember how the Jews were amazed that “God granted repentance to the Gentiles” (cf. Acts 11:18 NKJV When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”)

            And thus my comment. Neither you nor I know beyond a shadow of a doubt what God will do or not do in the lives of individual people. We know what He will do with the unrepentant and the repentant, but neither we, nor anyone else can say who will or will not repent at some point prior to death.

          • M. N. says:

            What about Lucifer?

          • What about Lucifer? I don’t understand your question. Are you asking whether Lucifer can or would be given the grace of repentance? If that is your question, No. Lucifer is a fallen angel and as such is foreordained to eternal punishment. Men, however, those who are the elect of God, can and will be saved, will be brought by God to repentance unto life before they die. It may not be until the last moments of their lives, but God is able to do what man cannot.

          • eagle keeper says:

            Amen, Jesus Christ is everybody’s safe space.

        • eagle keeper says:

          That is very true. As long as one come to faith in Jesus Christ before they take their last breath, we will be with them too in Heaven. God is good, all the time. All the time God is good.

    • Joycey says:

      Christians do not want people to rot in hell. Even the worst of the worst can be saved.
      That is the whole purpose of our Great Commission.

      • M. N. says:

        LOL…Christians don’t want people to rot in hell… I’m rather torn on that because I believe not everyone can be saved, kind of like Darwinism. Doesn’t matter what you do, what you say, what you offer – some people are destined to rot in hell, if everyone could be saved we would need a hell. God had the good foresight to figure this out.

        • Vincent Knoll says:

          yes but you are supposed to have forgiveness in your heart John ch 8

        • Fight for Jesus says:

          M.N. You don’t have a clue about what the bible says!

        • eagle keeper says:

          Think about the heartache of Noah for instance. He tried to get people to listen to what he had to say regarding eternal life in Heaven. He tried for 120 years and didn’t get one, not even one person to accept God’s Agape love. So if we sometimes struggle with the same issue, remember we have Noah as an example, Never give up! God didn’t give up on me and He won’t give up on you either!!

      • ThomofWI says:

        Some people are determined to rot in hell, that may be their call. It was not stated that was the writers choice for them to rot in hell! Read lately?

        • eagle keeper says:

          True that. As long as we are in these Adam suits we are and will be tempted to sin. That automatically bounds us for hell fire forever. But, Jehovah God saw that if He didn’t do something, Heaven was going to be a ghost town. Guess what? He sent His one and only son to be the sinless lamb of God to die a horrible death on that cross and have the wrath of God poured out on Him for the redemption of all mankind’s sins. All Jesus asks is that we believe in Him. We too get to spend forever in Heaven. Sounds like a whole lot more fun than forever in eternal torment in hell. What say you??

      • eagle keeper says:

        Amen, now that is true truth.

  2. Ralph Goy says:

    If it was an LGBT lunch, the administrators would be falling all over themselves trying to accommodate.

    • InOtherWords says:

      And Christians would be outraged and demanding that the group be banned from doing exactly the same thing this group is doing.

      • Ralph Goy says:

        Maybe, but nowadays that would be like demanding the tides stop coming in and going out.

      • maudieNmandeville says:

        A voluntary meeting off school grounds? Don’t think so, Sis.

        • ThomofWI says:

          Obama calls that a summit. Ever hear of one?

        • Andi says:

          If the kids are free to go where ever they want for lunch off campus on Tuesdays and these kids opt to go to the park where parents are serving food rather than McDonalds, Subway, home or a friends house then it is voluntary and since it isn’t on the school property (use lease doesn’t count) it is just that ‘a voluntary meeting off school grounds’.

          • maudieNmandeville says:

            I think you missed what I was replying to:
            “And Christians would be outraged and demanding that the group be banned from doing exactly the same thing this group is doing.”
            (No, Christians wouldn’t be………)

      • Robert Frazier says:

        No they would not as they have not do so on many occasions

      • Totenhawk says:

        GAY MUCH , lol

      • Brent Bohn says:

        Tell any group you want to go for it. As long as they have the legal paper work such as this group of Christian parents loving on students- go for it. The students do have a choice to NOT go if they don’t want to;) -keep the change ya filthy animal

        • crowbar says:

          Agree, but what you are suggesting, is not enough. We should not allow anything, even legally permitted, to appear in this park. What happens now in politics when the only candidates for the position of the President of the USA include mainly the dishonest dirty pathological liar a criminal woman who should be taken into prison for her deeds, an overt socialist and an idiot narcissist is God’s punishment for our unwillingness to fight for what is right against what is wrong, for our excessive tolerance to the evil, for our inability as a society to distinguish between right and wrong. So, I do not agree that LGBT should be given the same right as those Moms. If it ever happens, protest it with the whole town! After all, it is about your way of life and the way of life of your children.

      • Steve Warford says:

        Maybe but if it was done by any other group – like Muslims or LGBT or African Americans – and the school tried to shut it down – they would be branded as bigots and racists and much worse by the whole liberal establishment.

        • C Harm says:

          Yep!

        • sterling bell says:

          Ii’m fairly sure these dweebs wouldn’t dare contradict any muslims.

        • Listen says:

          Actually, any of these groups can be organized and run by students (not parents), and therein lies the easiest solution in this situation. Let the students take on the leadership for their Jesus Lunch. Work together and let the lawyers solve other issues. I think a productive conversation between administration and parents would lead to this possibility pretty quickly. Hoping for the community to come together for peace and unity to resolve this issue!

          • GoldenBear82 says:

            Except that the school allows students to leave the campus and go where they want to for their lunch. There is NO NEED for the kids to run the program. These administrators want to stop the lunches because the mothers also provide a gospel message along with the lunch…they say they want to “work with the mothers” to come up with an “amicable” solution, but when questioned it was clear that what they meant was they wanted to “work with the mothers” and have them agree to stop. Typical Liberals…

          • crowbar says:

            Why not parents? It is still a public park!

          • crowbar says:

            There is no anything productive in talking to stupid liberal administration who are afraid that they’ll lose their positions because anti-Christian groups object.
            School officials are responsible for selecting and filtering what to teach our children, to distinguish what is good and what is bad. Religion, specifically Christianity is good, it does not teach children any bad things.
            Homosexuality, this societal disease, is bad and that is where they can create a wall to protect our children. But they wouldn’t dare to prevent those groups from appearing in the park or in the classrooms. Instead, they are fighting Christianity.

          • Jenni says:

            Yes, but did you read the part where it has to be pre-approved by the administration? If they tried to do it that way, then they wouldn’t get approved. To understand the snake, you must first think like him.

      • Joycey says:

        ARE you saying the LGBT people have something to offer teenagers? Some truth? Some goodness?

      • Joycey says:

        ARE you saying the LGBT people have something to offer teenagers? Some truth? Some goodness?

        • Charlibart says:

          Could you possibly mean that they don’t? How un-PC can you get? According to LGBT and Government literature, they have nothing to offer but truth, goodness and light! I wonder if the school in question here also celebrates Queer Appreciation week? Do you think?

      • Harold says:

        Well, there are unequivical right and wrongs InOtherWords, or is everything moral relative to you?

        • eagle keeper says:

          Perhaps the LGBT community should read a book entitled, Not All Roads Lead to Heaven. That might be a good starting point.

      • pojuca says:

        Christian citizens might and that is their first amendment right but it is not the right of government officials, like Nazi jackboots, to arrive and try to stop the freedom of speech and assembly on public property and to lie about his lease. His lease was to have the ability to utilize certain areas of the park at certain times for school activities not to have complete control of the park and try to intimidate citizens, who also leased space, with the threat of lawsuits..

        • ThomofWI says:

          Those suits are going to get slapped down in court.

        • Kibashi Siyoto says:

          The question really is how the leases read – if the school district lease is exclusive, then the Jesus Lunch people are out of luck. If the Jesus Lunch people have a valid permit (ie, it wasn’t issued by some clerk in error who didn’t know the school district had an exclusive lease) then they hold the better cards.

          Think of the cans of worms that are being opened here, though. Do you really want anybody to be allowed access to students during school time? Do you want Coca Cola to be allowed to distribute free soda to get kids hooked on their product? Do you want some cult leader like David Koresh (of Branch Davidians infamy) to be allowed access to impressionable young minds and who entices them to join his cult by bribing kids with a free lunch?

          Although it is a side issue, the food preparation questions aren’t trivial and do need to be addressed. I had an acquaintance who was a county food inspector in an adjoining county, and he was constantly amazed at the ignorance of most people about some of the most basic food safety guidelines.

          • Fred Fred says:

            Same as above you are just trying to shut down christian thought. you worry so about someone having access to your child during school. what about what the school books teach your child.guess that crap is ok. (evolution, billions of years in the primordial soup, your gramma was a monkey, free to do any thing you think is ok, no moral compass. Where do you think morality came from? the government??) Guess you never had your kids friends come over and fed them, maybe we need to inspect your kitchen. David Koresh had undivided non compliant forced attendance. These kids can come and or go as they please. the food is not bringing them is, they could take food and go without listening. You are afraid the children will find some truth in this free time.

          • Kibashi Siyoto says:

            Fred, do you realize the christian god does not even meet the moral standards we mere mortals hold each other to? He ordered the genocide of entire tribes, offered women and girls as bounty for nefarious purposes to victorious armies, and caused the death of children for merely mocking a bald man? Are those the morals you want your children to learn?

          • Chris says:

            The article seems to be pretty clear that it is a non-exclusive lease and the park is open to anyone who wants to use it:

            The school district claims it has jurisdiction over the city-owned park because it leases it from the city during school hours. But that lease does not prevent citizens from entering or using the park for any legal reason, according to Stamman.

            “Case law is very clear about that,” Stamman said. “The public park can be leased to another public entity, but it’s a non-exclusive lease. It’s not fenced off and it’s still open to the public. Because of that the laws associated with the First Amendment still apply.

          • mva1985 says:

            Exactly

          • Kibashi Siyoto says:

            According to Channel 27:

            “The district provided 27 News a copy of the lease agreement, which
            allows the district to have joint control and jurisdiction of the park,
            including the right to enforce district rules and regulations. A sign
            posted at the park indicates school rules are to be followed during
            school hours.”

            and

            “District officials claim the organized events are a violation of
            district policies, including: food provided for students must follow the
            district’s food handling standards, adult visitors to the school campus
            must register at the school office and only students can organize
            activities and they must be approved by school officials.”

            If the park is considered part of the school campus during the hours specified in the school lease, then I would believe the school district is apparently doing the right thing. Organized activities have to be student led, not adult led. The food safety policy and monitoring who is on campus is something the district is responsible for as long as the students are their charges during the day, it is the district’s responsibility to the parents of the children.

            The ‘Jesus Lunch’ supporters are apparently unaware how much of a legal bind they are putting the school administrators in. If they are not willing to sit down and listen to the district’s point of view, and continue to violate the districts food and adults on campus policies, then the district should declare them trespassers and have them arrested.

            Unfortunately, this will probably end up in court, and many taxpayer dollars will be wasted on attorneys.

          • TWPittman says:

            If the school wants to push it, it may very well happen that the city will terminate the lease with the school and that will be that.

            They probably better just stow it.

          • Charlibart says:

            You are an idiot. Why don’t you find out all the trash taught inside the school before you worry about what MIGHT be condoned outside in the park.

          • USMCLM says:

            All of those groups you mentioned DO have access to the students via advertising, the internet, word of mouth, etc. These moms offered their kids some food, and then their friends followed. And then more friends followed. These kids go off campus regularly to VOLUNTARILY avail themselves of the services offered by any number of commercial entities. The students come to these lunches voluntarily. How is this any different, other than the fact that it’s a different message?

          • macksfield2 says:

            Thats like saying if you eat that brownie you may get diabetes. So lets ban all brownies and all soda…such nonsense.

          • eagle keeper says:

            Guess what sunshine, if ANY tax dollars are going to maintain that park, the school administrators will be on the losing end, not the students.

          • sophiepeaches says:

            It’s a free country, Nanny State, at least it used to be.

      • Vincent Knoll says:

        wrong we would pray for them

      • Deborrah Barker says:

        Well take your group to the park and see if thats true

      • northerncanuck says:

        Got any examples where that has happened?

      • Bill Charlton says:

        InOtherWords, you’re either ignorant of the forum being given to homosexual groups in our schools (and their denying equal access to Christian groups) or you’re just biased.

      • FriendOfJohnnyM says:

        Oh, really? How about if your Church of Satan worshipers showed up? Or your chapter of NAMBLA?
        Get real, God-hater.

      • FriendOfJohnnyM says:

        Oh, really? How about if your Church of Satan worshipers showed up? Or your chapter of NAMBLA?
        Get real, God-hater.

      • davidk says:

        Why wouldn’t parents try and keep their parents from perversion?

      • Jurassic Park says:

        @Inothewords-You are totally right until Steve Warlord made the point about those other groups. Christians have been know to get upset about the views, but I have yet to see any other group be tolerant as well. Whats worse a bigot or a hypocrite?

      • Mike F says:

        They would be outraged if it was a different religion than theirs luring their kids to the park. Forcing them to take a religious text Koran for example. I chose Norse paganism, If I die in battle the Valkries will take me to Valhalla.

      • Mike F says:

        They would be outraged if it was a different religion than theirs luring their kids to the park. Forcing them to take a religious text Koran for example. I chose Norse paganism, If I die in battle the Valkries will take me to Valhalla.

        • Vincent Knoll says:

          wrong you are a JERK

          • Mike F says:

            Oh it would make national news if I show up and do that. People will be outraged. I’ll have a Viking battle in the park in no time.

        • Ralph Rose says:

          Sorry Mike but the Valkries will make you into an undead warrior for the Lich King. You don’t get to see Valhalla, just spend eternity as an undead warrior in a frozen wasteland. LOL

        • USMCLM says:

          In what way are these teenagers being FORCED to do anything? By your contextual definition of the word “forced” the local McDonalds is “forcing”them to hear commercial propaganda because it is available o them.

      • Vincent Knoll says:

        wrong you are EVIL and a MORON

      • Mr. Brown says:

        The key is that this is organized by the parents. I wonder to which groups you are referring. Do the non-Christian groups have as many motivated parents interested in cooking meals for others and supporting the other groups at a public park? Are other properly permitted groups being denied access to the park?

      • crowbar says:

        Why? Do you mean the suicidal Christians who fight their own religion and other Christians right to celebrate it?

      • Azcat85 says:

        Not sure you are correct on that one since it is on public ground. But, you can continue to generalize on a subject you can only conjecture about if you wish.

      • Ibanez CherryIce says:

        No. Schools have gay straight alliances, and Christians don’t care. The only thing that a Christian would care about, is their kids where indoctrinated directly in the class room as part of a non-related study.

  3. Sarge McVey says:

    Accommodate, heck they would be the first in line for the free food.

  4. MrGJG says:

    It’s called freedom of religion. We still have that do we not? You think they’d try to stop a Muslim group or a Black Christian group? No need to respond. It’s just more anti-White bigotry.

    • Karen McKim-Altman says:

      If a group of Muslim students demanded a prayer room so they could bow to Mecca and pray 5X a day, the school administrators would be falling all over themselves to comply.

    • Karen McKim-Altman says:

      If a group of Muslim students demanded a prayer room so they could bow to Mecca and pray 5X a day, the school administrators would be falling all over themselves to comply.

  5. beard263 says:

    Again Public employees taking the side of the minority voice.
    I applaud these women who put on this lunch for 400-500 students each week.
    This just shows that God has not left this country but people are trying to kill the Christian Faith.

    • eagle keeper says:

      Let’s take a look at how well schools for example are doing academically as well as spiritually after we the people asked God to get the Hell out of our public schools. Our school system ranks at the bottom of most of the world standards for education. Prisons are full of high school dropouts that realise that without at least a G E D, they will never make it after being released from prison. So what ever happened to our students instead of learning something would rather party and disrupt class rather than actually learn?

  6. westriversd1 says:

    Time to see who your are electing to your local school board. Aren’t they the ones who hire these bureaucratic a holes?

  7. Kelly Jackson says:

    Let’s be real, it’s about money. If the 400 students a week are eating over here for free it’s really cutting into the schools lunch program which are often barely profitable as it is, in particular after Michelle Obama ruined it.

    • Amy Balestra says:

      That is possible, but in most of these cases, it is fear of a lawsuit from someone who might object to any talk about Jesus, in or around a public school, as some violation of the “non-establish” clause of the First Amendment. Even if there is no suit pending, just the potential of one is enough to make school Admins. panic and do stupid things like this. If these moms were just giving out free food, I doubt this would be a problem.

      • Kelly Jackson says:

        Is school money being used to pay for this program? Or any other government money for that matter? Because if there isn’t (and there isn’t) then there is no first amendment violation.
        Neckbeard atheists are internet LOLyers at best.

      • pojuca says:

        This has nothing to do with the “establishment clause”…Congress had made no law respecting the establishment of religion in this situation. This is a group of mothers feeding children during lunch when kids are allowed by the school to eat off campus. If brought,the court should laugh at any such lawsuit and throw it out.

        • Amy Balestra says:

          Agreed. I’m not defending the school’s admins’ actions. I’m merely pointing out the common behavior that happens in these cases. It is not usually that the admins are flaming liberals that HATE Christians, Most times their actions are motivated by fear of lawsuits by those who are offended by Christianity or any religion being in the public space. The problem these days is that litigation is too easy to bring about and even fighting it is a losing battle even it the law is on your side (mostly because there is usually no downside to the one bringing the law suit should they lose) most people will do anything to avoid it. Again, I’m not saying the Admins are right, but there actions are understandable in a certain light. Still, I hope the best for these mothers – they truly are doing God’s work. Bless them.

          • Sab says:

            “bunk”!
            Admins around the country (example after example can be easily found) have absolutely no problem with “free speech” if you’re Muslim, gay, transgender, a minority etc…etc…

            It only seems to be a problem if you’re White and/or Christian

            That by definition is a liberal bias. I have no problem with a person being liberal (certainly their prerogative…”makes the world go round”) but PLEASE do not pretend that “academia” isn’t overwhelmingly ( if not monolithic) liberal

            It’s intellectually insulting

          • macksfield2 says:

            You are absolutely correct!

          • Listen says:

            Public schools allow (ALL OF!) these types of free speech when they are organized by students, and this would be the same case were this lunch were not organized by parents. 🙂 Looks like there is an easy solution to all of this, if students take it on as their mission.

          • macksfield2 says:

            No their actions are nonsense. Believe it or not there are schools all over America that allow similar activities and wouldn’t consider these actions as anything other than nonsense.

    • Brent Bohn says:

      I’m confused on the “cutting into” the schools lunch program? This would SAVE money for the district and school lunches correct?

      • Grintsum says:

        The schools are paid by the federal government a certain amount for each student who eats the school provided meal. The fewer students that partake of the school’s meal program means less money the feds send that particular school.

      • Kelly Jackson says:

        No it wouldn’t. Schools get money from the government to run these things, and if they don’t have the students to support it the school gets less money.

        Most of these lunch programs stopped being profitable after the Obamastration through a piece of cheese on a taco shell was enough food for a high school student.

    • Andi says:

      The students are allowed to go off campus for lunch on Tuesdays so I’m guessing whether this event is happening or not the kids are NOT staying at school and eating in the lunch room. I know when I was in high school and had an off campus lunch day the last place you’d find me was at school.

  8. rosi30666 says:

    This is perfect… they have crossed the moms… they will loose and it will leave a mark (just like it did for most of us as we were growing up).

  9. Robert Frazier says:

    The voters need to remember these morons at the next Board of Education election so they can get new board member to fire them.

  10. Brent Bohn says:

    Truth be known. This situation made national news, but I’m telling the truth that this same scenerio is happening all over the United States. Some groups as big as 1200 students during their lunch time. I’ve been a part of many of them. Every student has a choice whether to attend or not, but these students not only recognize the opportunity to hear the gospel message which is still to date the fastest growing message in the WORLD, but they recognize the heart of people serving and putting time in to love them. What other organizations do this? Not many.
    #Notaboutreligionbutaboutrelationship

    • Royce Ochoa says:

      AMEN!!!! I’m glad, or rather our Bible group in my community college is blessed to still be able to freely meet up, play music, study the Word, talk to people, and also hand out food. But, we do recognize that, thank the Lord, and do pray for persecuted ones and even those all over the world. So yes! Thank you Jesus. We are blessed…but, I do think sometimes… “are we being effective enough”? Because if we’re really making moves or are making a difference.. I believe that’s when persecution comes.. That’s when adversaries come.. just thought in my mind at times. Maybe, personal though to my self as well whether I’m bold enough. But, yes praying for places in this country similar to this story where they are faced with adversaries. Glory to God still! 🙂 JESUS! <3

  11. attli says:

    So, are any students being forced to eat there, or forced to listen to the preaching? If not, the school, which is a government entity cannot prohibit them from their public meeting. Anyone who is having trouble with this is just another butt hurt cupcake. And I am not a christian or even a deist, but I am a Constitutionalist who thinks our rights should be inviolate.

  12. attli says:

    So, are any students being forced to eat there, or forced to listen to the preaching? If not, the school, which is a government entity cannot prohibit them from their public meeting. Anyone who is having trouble with this is just another butt hurt cupcake. And I am not a christian or even a deist, but I am a Constitutionalist who thinks our rights should be inviolate.

  13. Jim says:

    The only persons being “divisive” are the school leaders. The truth is, they cannot deal with God.

  14. wanabeinvail says:

    religious kooks. they are hard to stop. who cares of some kids feel left out because of the ‘jesus lunches’? those kids should just convert to fit in? keep religion out of the schools. stop already

    • Joycey says:

      Humanism is a religion. A very stoooopid religion. Why should we torture children with the religion of humanism in our public schools? Is there anyone kookier than a person that thinks he is a god?

  15. iseedumbppl says:

    “It’s too bad our two groups can’t come together and have a conversation.” I’d say there’s not much to discuss. You got handed your own buttime on that one.

    • Listen says:

      This activity can be 100% allowed if it is student organized (not run by parents), which is true for ANY religious student group that wants to organize themselves. I’m sure that if the students want it, they can take the lead on this and be supported by their parents, teachers, and administrators.

      Conversations between PEOPLE can create space so that all groups are respecting the guidelines and laws, and most importantly, one another. There’s definitely a way to have a thoughtful and respectful conversation and come up with a solution that meets everyone’s needs. Praying for a good outcome and for people to come together.

  16. mikemin07 says:

    they wouldn’t say a word if the moslums were there..

  17. Don says:

    Charter schools, private schools, home school, get your kids out of the public indoctrination system. Take their power away make these loser public employees get a real job. The private sector is what makes this country great it is not, I repeat it is not the takers in government.

  18. Jimitrump Trump says:

    IF THEY WERE WEARING BERKAS …OBAMA WOULD PRAISE THEM

  19. Jimitrump Trump says:

    IF THEY WERE WEARING BERKAS …OBAMA WOULD PRAISE THEM

  20. Shyanha says:

    I don’t understand. If anyone can use the park at any time, why is the school leasing it? If they don’t get exclusive use of the park it doesn’t make sense to pay for a lease. Is it just because of the large number of bodies that use it during those hours?

    If I were a student I’d go, get a free meal and listen to my headphones while reading a book. No one can force these kids to listen to the message and it might be a good way for those too poor to afford, but too rich to get reduced, lunches to get a meal. If they told me I’d have to listen in exchange for the meal, I’d give the food back; otherwise the Christian group gets to do a good service and all is well. If they’re peaceful, who the heck cares?

    • pojuca says:

      Anyone can “lease” the park for utilization. The school leased it for certain activities and the mother’s leased it for certain activities. The Superintendent was misrepresenting his “lease” and trying to intimidate the mother with a lawsuit in order to get his way. He should be fired for this. Also, I’ve never heard of a Christian group offer food only if you listen to or obey their message. They know that they may only reach a limited number out of the group.

      • Kibashi Siyoto says:

        Unless you have read both leases in detail (And I suspect the mothers only have a “permit” to use the shelter, not a lease) it is difficult to determine who has rights to that area during the school day.

        Apparently the schools lease is poorly worded and not terribly clear. If the shelter is included in the area the school leases, then the school district does have a point about food safety and “who’s on campus” issues.

        This, however, appears to be an event initiated by adults without
        approval by the school. Federal law requires that “non-school persons
        may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of
        student groups.” 20 U.S.C. 2071 (c) (5). This statute ensures that the
        motivation for these meetings is based on genuine student interest,
        rather than a method of outside manipulation by adults for their own
        purposes.

  21. Don says:

    Yeah, Mc Donalds and Taco Bell a much better choice for these kids.

  22. Joycey says:

    Is there anything creepier than people that do not want people to have freedom? What drives them?

  23. Poleski says:

    The school people were there to stop them from entering a PUBLIC PARK. They were informed in writing by the City that the Moms had rented the space. The school people were out of line. Response. You have the ability to talk to our lawyers now we are going into the park. Then the fool says let’s discuss this. What part of talk to our lawyer do you not understand.

  24. Joycey says:

    Why do school administrators want children to miss the chance to hear about Jesus? This may be the only time in their lives. What do they have against Jesus? Secular Humanism has nothing to offer. It is empty. It is meaningless. It does not bear good fruit. Why would you want children to live in despair? What sort of person wants children to live without knowledge of God’s love for them. Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me and DO NOT FORBID THEM”

  25. Poleski says:

    govt out of control. AGAIN.

  26. Joycey says:

    Jimmy Carter had a creepy smiley face like this guy. Never trust a creepy smiley face guy.

  27. Joycey says:

    “Divisive impact” means we cannot brainwash these teenagers effectively when they are hearing the Truth instead. Children do not need the emptiness of humanism.

  28. Joycey says:

    “Divisive impact” means we cannot brainwash these teenagers effectively when they are hearing the Truth instead. Children do not need the emptiness of humanism.

    • Kibashi Siyoto says:

      Are you saying you can’t brainwash them effectively with your version of “Truth”?

  29. Carl Mertz says:

    If Satan had a Son he would and smile like those three men of the devil. And if he could teach he would teach like the teachers have for the last 30 years.

    • Ronald West says:

      We have been mis-educated on purpose since Dewey, and very effectively since the Second World War, by design, with growing troops through the educators of teachers, the teachers unions, state and the national departments of education and more and more government involvement in regulating and controlling schools.

      It has brought us to this point of accepting people running for President who would not have been able to get on to many jobs, much less elected for anything.

      At 73 the America of my lifetime is lost, gone. What kind of country will my grandchildren live in? I do believe the Grand Experiment is lost now, but I do not believe that is any excuse to give up. Learn, think, and act with smart passion to reclaim Constituion direction.

  30. Carl Mertz says:

    Ralph,they not only would join in the lunch but have a go @ the butt banging session.

  31. Carl Mertz says:

    Ralph,they not only would join in the lunch but have a go @ the butt banging session.

  32. Grin Olsson says:

    The Jesus Lunch corridinators should have called the police and had school officials charged with harrassment.

  33. Grin Olsson says:

    The Jesus Lunch corridinators should have called the police and had school officials charged with harrassment.

  34. Janice Stultz-McNeill says:

    He is the one who brings up the districts legal counsel. Then after he is given the letter from the Mother’s “legal counsel” he gets all righteous and say he had hoped come an agreement could be worked out without the “legal counsel” he originally threatened them with. Not only is he showing he’s a hepacrite but a BULLY as well. Let’s not forget educators do not have supreme authority. Period

  35. birddie says:

    Keep electing Democrat liberal/socialists and keep losing your rights. It’s time to get rid of these un-American taxpayer financed school officials who insist on shoving the morbid liberal/socialist ideology down our children’s throats. It is sick and must be stopped before we our children’s minds are poisoned by the leftwing extremists.

  36. Troy Fullerton says:

    Is NOBODY bothered by the fact that these untrained, unsupervised women might not be certified in food safety standards? Furthermore, has the government inspected the sandwiches to ensure that the fat and sodium content isn’t above regulations? What if these women hand out a COOKIE or even a sugar-laden BROWNIE to these kids? WHAT IF THEY DON’T WEAR HAIR NETS AND GLOVES!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

    Seriously, folks…if these school administrators have nothing more pressing to do with their time than to worry about some ladies OFF CAMPUS having picnics at the park for the kids and sharing their religion with them, then they’re living a truly charmed life. People who don’t like what they have to say are free to not attend.

    • Ben says:

      Those admins questioning the quality of those woman’s food is probably what got the lawyers involved. should probably get slapped for that, the schools serve the garbage food and they question these ladies.

  37. oldshortfatboy says:

    That principal or superintendent is a slimeball. Must be a barky and hitlery supporter.

  38. pojuca says:

    Typical leftist negotiating tactic, our way or the highway…Leftist: “It is unfortunate that there can’t be some discussion.” So the mother discusses and responds, “so are you ok with us coming in here?” And leftist responds “no, we object to you coming in here.”

  39. Christopher Mooney says:

    I read that 99% of the kids hate this event.

    Who could possibly support evangelicals, bribing vulnerable, impressionable children, with food? Without the children’s parents, permission, I should add

    • Elevenarrows says:

      Yep, Chris. That’s why it continues to grow and grow. Involved parents know where their kids are eating lunch…and obviously have given consent. Parents who aren’t involved in their kids’ lives, don’t care where they eat…and those kids need this more than anyone.

  40. Don Foster says:

    As usual, the pinheads causing the problem are the school administrators. All they want to do is control everyone around them. Their salaries are a waste of taxpayer money.

  41. cedar rebellion says:

    The appropriate action is to win school board elections.

  42. ThomofWI says:

    A polite nice woman and dumb and dumber.

  43. ThomofWI says:

    The only only thing Stalin wanted was cooperation. Well, if you didn’t, WELL…….

  44. ThomofWI says:

    The only only thing Stalin wanted was cooperation. Well, if you didn’t, WELL…….

  45. John Shaw says:

    Way too many losers ( like these School officials ) around with too much time on their hands. Leave the kids alone. No one forces anyone to go and have lunch and hear the Gospel.

  46. Mark Gardens says:

    Minnesota Gardens stands with these parents, Donald Johnson, the superintendent of the Middleton-Cross Plains district is wrong on this!!!! He needs to go!!!!

  47. BostonTW says:

    If the lease is nonexclusive, then the school loses, period. The superintendent and his cohorts should be fired for trying to quell the mom’s and students’ First Amendment rights.

  48. Mark Gardens says:

    Email Donald johnson, let him know we will not stand for this!!!!
    [email protected]

  49. Okie Driller says:

    The lady should be running the school ! The guy should be looking for a job selling men’s hairpieces.

  50. Okie Driller says:

    The lady should be running the school ! The guy should be looking for a job selling men’s hairpieces.

    • Ashi Kara says:

      This lady should be in jail.

      If you have an issue with this comment, please speak to my lawyer. Until you do, I am right. If you disagree, then you are violating my rights. Thanks.

  51. Whitebeard says:

    How on earth do you expect the school to indoctrinate its students with its godless message if those pesky Christians are allowed to meet right across the street?!! Pretty soon, almost all the kids in the school will be hearing the name Jesus at least once a week. Oh, the horror. And we all know that those kids should be attending beheading class, instead. …you know, where their brains are turned into mush by Common Cored out your ability to reason. Sarc off

  52. Keys Man 70 says:

    Give us some names and twitter accounts to shame them.

  53. kitty says:

    It is a very liberal area of Wisconsin and liberal is not equal to liberty.
    It may interfere with their “programming” of humanism.

  54. John says:

    Interesting exhibition of government zealots in action.

  55. Sab says:

    power trippin suits

    If they put that much energy in to truly ” looking out for the best interests of the students” then our school system as a whole would not be the disgrace that it currently is (US school system when tested against the world by any known metric fails miserably)

    Students have the right to be unruly in class (don’t want to offend their rights), have the right to “safe zones” ( so they can never be offended by a differing point of view), are required to be open minded of all persons irrespective of race, religion or sexual orientation. Students in many cases have the right to use any bathroom they choose ( as long as the “Identify” with that sexual orientation)

    But these morons think it is detrimental for them to have lunch in the park with some church moms [email protected]#$%^&

    RUFKM!

  56. Taylor B says:

    This is disgusting. Any other group than white Christian conservatives and the President himself would have flown into town and made a tearful speach about racism and how disappointed he is in America. Truly disgusting

  57. Ron says:

    Jesus Christ , that super should be fired because if that is his biggest concern with educating our children then his head is so far up his ass that he will never get it . Talk about screwed up priorities . I wonder what their school rating is ? Drug , gang and literacy rate .

  58. Joe Farnsworth says:

    Get the community together and get this guy fired send a clear message to these self-serving, control freaks. End this right now!

  59. Adam C. says:

    Mothers ” On Fire ” for the LORD, a very powerful force !

  60. Nathan says:

    So basically.. when the superintendent said “Actually, the way I read this…” then trailed off, he realized that they really did have permission from the city to be there. Otherwise he would have finished his statement. The rest of this video is about him covering his embarrassment and trying to be a bully. He was being very confrontational and aggressive.

    Nobody is forcing the kids to go to this picnic. They are perfectly able to eat lunch in another part of the park, they can go to a restaurant if they want, they can eat lunch at the school, or they can take the free food and leave. There is no armed security that I can see forcing the kids to stay for the religious talk after they get food. If kids are offended by non-invasive free speech, then they can go to McDonald’s or not stay for the service or go to another part of the park or stay at school or grow thicker skin or bring a bagged lunch or ask another group of people to take time out of their day to spend their own money to provide free food for kids because they don’t want to go to the 1 Pavillion in the city that has a religious talk for 30 minutes 1 time per week…… Since when is giving kids free food a bad thing?

    And if parents are concerned about food preparation safety they are perfectly able to tell their kids not to go there. Note that the superintendent never said anything about any kids getting sick. Odd, if kids had gotten sick, I would have led with that. And I for one wouldn’t have a problem with Muslims doing this or LGBT or Atheists. They also have the right to free speech, ya know?

    • Adam C. says:

      Well written Nathan ! This is a ” freedom ” issue basically. If the school district really wanted to play hardball, nobody leaves campus for lunch. The blowback on that would be too great so they won’t !

    • Ashi Kara says:

      No one is forcing kids to go to the lunch? Are you mad? Do you not comprehend peer pressure? Students have been reported CRYING on the day of the lunch, and some even SKIP SCHOOL on the days when the lunch is scheduled because they are basically forced to go to avoid ridicule and backlash.

      Also, the kids haven’t gotten sick YET. The mother’s could EASILY get their food handlers permit, and secure the necessary documents to handle and serve food in a way the school district approves up, but they are CHOOSING not to do so.

      The only bully here is the mom’s who could host the lunches AND comply with the school district, but are REFUSING not to do so.

      If you have an issue with this comment, please contact my lawyer. Until you do, everything I say is correct. Everything I do is legal. And if you say otherwise, you are violating my rights. Tyvm.

      • Nathan says:

        They are under no obligation to obey the school district because they are not affiliated with the school. If kids are crying about getting free food.. there is something wrong. And yes Ashi, I understand peer pressure. Kids need to learn to express their own opinions without being offended by other people’s opinions. Otherwise they grow into adults that have no understanding of the importance of everyone’s free speech.

        Peer pressure as a justification of not allowing people to express there free speech rights is silly. If that is all it takes to lose your rights, then perhaps I’ll have you banned from this website for saying something that I disagree with. Does that option sound as stupid to you as it does to me? It should.

        By “comply with the school district” im assuming you mean that they just shouldn’t be there because that’s what the superintendent said in the video.

  61. mikekingman says:

    they will finish taking god out of our lands and schools and court houses and poison our babies minds and take the pledge of Allegiance out of our schools ect. But, I bet in time they will have a statue of Baphomet where the flag poles once stood. don’t forget that they( the luciferians) are trying to poison our children already with books in colorado,florida and in florida and phoenix they start city council meetings in luciferian prayers who knows were else https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWDlbVm3Lg. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf-noOASw5E , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFnrxVRgZYw we was a blessed nation because we believed in god, and our forefathers would pray in times like these. But now evil is taking over our nation and world slowly. the bible says it would get this way and it will get worse. earthquakes, volcanoes and our weather (is) getting much worse. god bless!

  62. mikekingman says:

    they will finish taking god out of our lands and schools and court houses and poison our babies minds and take the pledge of Allegiance out of our schools ect. But, I bet in time they will have a statue of Baphomet where the flag poles once stood. don’t forget that they( the luciferians) are trying to poison our children already with satan books in colorado, florida and in florida and phoenix they start city council meetings in luciferian prayers who knows were else. we was a blessed nation because we believed in god, and our forefathers would pray in times like these. But now evil is taking over our nation and world slowly. the bible says it would get this way and it will get worse. earthquakes, volcanoes and our weather (is) getting much worse. god bless!

  63. mikekingman says:

    they will finish taking god out of our lands and schools and court houses and poison our babies minds and take the pledge of Allegiance out of our schools ect. But, I bet in time they will have a statue of Baphomet where the flag poles once stood. don’t forget that they( the luciferians) are trying to poison our children already with satan books in colorado, florida and in florida and phoenix they start city council meetings in luciferian prayers who knows were else. we was a blessed nation because we believed in god, and our forefathers would pray in times like these. But now evil is taking over our nation and world slowly. the bible says it would get this way and it will get worse. earthquakes, volcanoes and our weather (is) getting much worse. god bless!

  64. guycmcd says:

    somebody, please, please inform the videographer that it is perfectly acceptable to turn his I-phone 90 degrees so that more of the object is captured…

  65. sterling bell says:

    As the philosopher once said, the “banality of evil”…gray suits, gray hair, mild mannered, but aggressive in denying your rights.

  66. speedy says:

    said Jesus, ” This is my Commandment that you love one another.” School district expresses concern about the message. Most School administrators are Liberal puppets. Very low educated in history.

  67. Karen McKim-Altman says:

    if it was a Planned Parenthood group of administrators, meeting in the park and inviting students to come over during their lunch break and talk about the services which PP provides, the school administrators would not bat an eye.

    • Ashi Kara says:

      Sorry, but I think if 500 students were disappearing on a weekly basis to ANY group’s lunch, the school would definitely notice. After all, eventually someone is going to get food poisoning or have an allergic reaction. Schools are forced to take serious health and safety measures. These moms aren’t. They could make the precautions, but they don’t want to.

  68. Bill Charlton says:

    These administrators should be ashamed of themselves. And these moms have every reason to be proud of the brave stand they’re taking!

    • Ashi Kara says:

      Every reason to be proud of being stubborn, rude, and unwilling to come to a peaceful solution. Everything we WEREN’T taught in Sunday school.

  69. The Capatin says:

    The Left strikes again!

  70. Rafael Velez says:

    The group could offer lunches without proselytizing, if they really want to do something good for the community. Or they could do this program on the weekend or not during school hours when it actually being used as a public park. If the city or the school allow this proselytization, then they are implicitly endorsing whichever religion this is, which is a violation of constitution. If the students are interested in learning more about this type of Christianity, there are plenty of resources for them to seek out this information in their free time. Christianity has such a privileged position in our country that it’s ridiculous that this group feels like they need to do more to spread its message.

  71. Rafael Velez says:

    The group could offer lunches without proselytizing, if they really want to do something good for the community. Or they could do this program on the weekend or not during school hours when it actually being used as a public park. If the city or the school allow this proselytization, then they are implicitly endorsing whichever religion this is, which is a violation of constitution. If the students are interested in learning more about this type of Christianity, there are plenty of resources for them to seek out this information in their free time. Christianity has such a privileged position in our country that it’s ridiculous that this group feels like they need to do more to spread its message.

    • Adam C. says:

      Rafael it’s voluntary.

      • Ashi Kara says:

        I think you need to go back to school and learn about peer pressure and how “voluntary” certain things really are.

        • Adam C. says:

          Peer pressure, bullying ? I went to school before those were even the catch-all buzz words they are today. There were no ” safe spaces ” then, you grew thick skin and learned how to say no or as parents used to reinforce ” Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt me ” .

    • Bill Charlton says:

      Rafael, you said ” If the city or the school allow this proselytization, then they are implicitly endorsing whichever religion this is, which is a violation of constitution.”
      Your reasoning is the basis for oppression & persecution throughout the world.
      So, according to your reasoning, if any expression of Christianity is allowed in any public place, then it constitutes endorsement by the city, state, and federal government?
      Seriously, stop & think what you’re advocating: You’re advocating that all religion be outlawed because all “public” property is government property.
      This is precisely the reasoning that was used by all governments over the last 100 years who declared their official religion was atheism (USSR, People’s Republic of China, etc.). They then proceeded to persecute, torture, and murder over SIXTY MILLION CHRISTIANS and other religious people.
      If you doubt this, then you can thank the public school you attended, as it’s virtually omitted from all school textbooks. But take a look at just ONE nation where this took place:
      “Throughout the history of the Soviet Union (1922–1991), Soviet authorities suppressed and persecuted various forms of Christianity to different extents depending on the particular era. Soviet policy advocated Marxist–Leninist ATHEISM, WHICH CONSISTENTLY ADVOCATED THE CONTROL, SUPPRESSION, AND THE ELIMINATION OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS during its implementation in the Soviet Union.[1]
      The state was committed to the destruction of religion,[2][3] and destroyed churches, mosques and temples, ridiculed, harassed, incarcerated and executed religious leaders, flooded the schools and media with atheistic teachings, and generally promoted atheism as the truth that society should accept.[4][5] The total number of CHRISTIAN victims of Soviet state atheist policies, has been estimated to range between TWELVE TO TWENTY MILLION.[6][7][8]”
      – WIKIPEDIA “Persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union”

      • Ashi Kara says:

        Those who cite wikipedia lack the mental comprehension to even understand the stupidity of their words, so I won’t try to explain to you how wrong you are. You won’t understand.

        Also, if you really want to read fun wikipedia articles, consult christian history. Christians have managed to justify murder, torture, and even rape in some cases. Religions are all flawed. Every last one of them has done something horrible in their history. That’s why it needs to stay OUT of school. We’re trying to teach children what they need to get them through life, and heads up, it isn’t God. He doesn’t pay the bills.

      • Kibashi Siyoto says:

        The issue really is how the the lease the school district has for the park reads, vs. whether or not other people are allowed access during the hours the school district lease is in effect.

        If the school district effectively has exclusive use of the park, then it is their RESPONSIBILITY to prevent outsiders from coming in and interacting with students. Would you want some drug advocates like Timothy Leary was coming on school property and advocating LSD use to students? By saying that these Jesus Lunch people have a right to do this, you’re also saying the Manson Family, the KKK, the Nazis, and the Satanic Church has the right to do it too. (BTW, the Satanic Church is not a bunch of evil people, they largely use their name to frighten believers when there are issues of separation of church and state.)

        Given the issues of government endorsement of religion, if the lease makes is ‘school property’ during those hours, the administrators are pretty much required to keep the grounds neutral on religious issues, unless it is a school sanctioned student led religious club.

  72. Adam C. says:

    The Administrators option to the Moms …… you can do it our way or our way ! It’s VOLUNTARY and it blows their mind that so many teens would VOLUNTARILY accept a free lunch and a few minutes of the saving word of Jesus Christ !

    • Ashi Kara says:

      You’ve got that backwards. The Mom’s options for the Administrators: OUR WAY or LAWYER. That is NOT the Christian way. Also, you seem to be assuming it IS voluntary. Some students were reported as being found crying in the hall, skipping school, or going when they didn’t want to, to avoid the peer pressure of NOT going.

  73. FriendOfJohnnyM says:

    Wow, Liberals are not only Godless, they are now soulless.

  74. RickB says:

    You do know that their next move is to call the Health Department on these ladies.

    • Ashi Kara says:

      And a good move that would be. These people are not take the necessary precautions to assure food safety measures are being taken. Someone could get seriously hurt. The school district just wants them to do things the right way. They could have the lunches and get along with the school district, they’re just refusing to.

  75. davidk says:

    Does anyone have a contact with the parents or lawyer for financial assistance?

  76. SocialConstruct says:

    “It is unfortunate that there cant be some discussion between the groups”
    But there was discussion between the groups, namely the city and the group who is renting their pavilion. Discussions the school wasnt included in because they have no say in the matter.
    It really burns their asses knowing the kids are escaping their programming during lunch.

  77. Ashi Kara says:

    That woman was completely unreasonable, rude, and unwilling to work out the situation in a peaceful manner. She does not represent a good Christian person, and should be sincerely ashamed of her actions. I am also very disappointed with their local police for not having the courage to face a renegade religious group that is clearly causing problems, bribing students with food, and refusing to be involved in a solution.

  78. John Hom says:

    that mom looks and sounds exactly like Carmella Soprano. Not sure if anyone should be messing with her

  79. Mike F says:

    The issue is there are other religions and people who chose not to be religious. There is no religion taught in schools for this reason and a separation of church and state. The religious whack jobs take it too far. While handing out bibles they had a student at my school crying because she was told she had to take it. This is the same crap, keep your religion to thyself. Teach it in a church to people who want it. There shouldn’t be crap like this going on at a school.

    • Vincent Knoll says:

      they are not in SCHOOL YOU SOCIALIST SCUM GO KILL YOURSELF

      • offta1 says:

        Vincent: You appear to have some significant psychiatric problems.
        I will pray for you –err make that: I will think for you.

    • Vincent Knoll says:

      btw IDIOT find the phrase SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE ANYWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION SKIPPY

  80. Royce Ochoa says:

    Hopefully, they can just work it out or talk it out. Like, do a Student Venture/Christian club on campus where they can hand out free pizzas 🙂 But, if the school won’t allow that.. then, the park it is. They can’t go against the free lunch ministry any longer. Our schools here do student venture/Christian clubs with no problem..soo yeaaap. God bless everyone. Jesus <3 God is love

    • Vincent Knoll says:

      talk out what the SOCIALISTS NEED TO KILL THEMSELVES

    • Listen says:

      This activity can be 100% allowed if it is student organized (not run by parents), which is true for ANY religious student group that wants to organize themselves. I’m sure that if the students want it, they can take the lead on this and then be supported by their parents, teachers, and administrators.

      Conversations between PEOPLE can create space so that all groups are respecting the guidelines and laws, and most importantly, one another–not looking to sue one another. There’s definitely a way to have a thoughtful and respectful conversation and come up with a solution that meets everyone’s needs. Encourage people to come together and see this as a chance to talk clearly and strengthen our bonds and our virtues.

  81. kirchem says:

    There’s a Catholic church across the street. Why not just ask the church to use their lot to preach?

  82. ceptionalism says:

    Keep up the good work Moms.

  83. justltl says:

    Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    -The Founders would be disgusted, but not shocked in the least.

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

  84. Richard Singh says:

    They are saying that they have the right to control what is done on Campus, that is true, but this is a park. They are worried about the food, what about after school and on weekends, what about the food then??? They should go to homes and inspect the foods and then go to the grocery store and inspect them and then to the fields where it is grown and inspect the,,,,what a bunch of jerks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. offta1 says:

    Just one more example of how Evangelical Christianity is a “divider” among Americans, not a uniter.
    Next up the Bible as a state book.
    The Millennials are leaving Christianity in droves and this sort of nonsense
    will only hasten their exit.

  86. Tccd says:

    Any high school student sitting on the hall floor crying because there’s free lunch and a quick shout out to God should be shot in front of their parents then the parents shot as well.

  87. Prof. R Sanchez says:

    What a wonderful contribution to the school and community. I hope those students are given a good meal and then sent back to school encouraged to listen to their teachers, work hard and to help those who are less fortunate. The school administration should ask the PTA to participate as well to bring more parents, business owners, retirees, church groups and other volunteer organizations to feed and fellowship with the young people each week. What a strong, productive and happy community this would be. It would be great if this became a movement across the country for every school system.

  88. WWrangler says:

    They aren’t on school grounds.. attendance isn’t mandatory, but voluntary. The school district has no legal standing here period. The line about quality control is bunk too.. if that were true they would be in every home making sure “proper food prep” was occurring.. (oh wait that is what they will want next) What about any kid who brings his own lunch??? Where is the school’s control over that? what is the difference? This is nothing more than a power play by an overzealous administration and not too nice superintendent. What are they teaching our youth???That the first amendment is bunk and so are individual choices and rights?

    If the school district really really is that concerned there is a simple solution for them. CLOSE campus for lunch.. thousands of schools across the nation don’t have open campuses for lunch.. if they do that then there won’t be any students able to attend. I can’t believe the district and its leaders are so shortsighted they would rather created a massive PR nightmare rather than use this solution just because someone dares challenge their authority.. what arrogance and self-righteousness and they are employees of the citizens and taxpayers.. maybe it’s time for their employers to show them who is the real authority!

    And to all you anti-religious type this really has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with the bill of rights and the Constitution and freedom of speech! I’d be arguing the same if it were a Muslim group, a LBGT group or whomever.. right is right and wrong is wrong and the district is flat out worng on this one.

  89. Jessie lee says:

    If you don’t want your little Johnny or Suzie to go to this get together than tell them not to go! YOU DON’T NEED TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM THOSE THAT WANT TO GO TO KEEP SUZIE AND JOHNNY OUT! MAN UP OR WOMAN UP AND RULE OVER YOUR CHILDREN LIKE BIG GIRLS AND BOYS! ((EYEROLL))

  90. Andi says:

    The food safety issue is a red herring. The school is trying to create an issue where none exists. First of all, I don’t see the school worrying about the food handling and safety issues of any of the restaurants the students might visit off campus on their off campus lunch day nor do they seem concerned about kids who go home or to a friends home. The food allergy issue is the same. As a mother of a grade school child with a food allergy I know that if my child goes out to lunch (not in the school controlled lunch room) it is my or my child’s responsibility to ensure that the food they are eating is safe for them. These are high school students…if they have a food allergy they know enough to ask what is in the food and to not eat it if it is questionable. My 2nd grader knows, a high schooler will know.
    Since the mothers have a permit for use of the pavilion the school apparently doesn’t have exclusive rights to the park during school hours. I would be interested in seeing if any other community groups (say mom’s with preschoolers or senior citizens) are allowed to use the park with no intervention from the school on other days. Just because the school is given the opportunity to use the park during the school day doesn’t mean they can control the whole park.
    The craziness about some students ‘becoming hysterical’ about this is either made up or creating an issue just to attempt to stop it. I wonder if a student who wasn’t very athletic got ‘hysterical’ because of the sports teams in the school if the administration would stop having sports to appease them. And that is something going on in the school, sponsored by the school….this doesn’t even meet that criteria.

  91. No one is forcing these kids to come. If the school was that concerned then shut down the campus during lunch. If young teenage girls and boys are old enough to make the mature decision to have sex then they are mature enough about where they can have lunch. If this has been going on for sometime then a number of parents already know about this and I’m sure they have told their kids they can either go or not go to the park and also to avoid this group anyway.

  92. bobbuck4 says:

    Stand your ground ladies, the school district should mind its own business. I am sure they have a lot of other more important issues they should be dealing with instead of picking on some Moms that are just serving a hot lunch and and a good message.

    • offta1 says:

      And if the “good message” would be the religion of Islam or Hinduism you would have no problem with that –right?

      • bobbuck4 says:

        It depends on the message, as long as it is one of hope and love I do not think I would have a problem with it. I know I would like to hear more messages like that coming from Islam that’s for sure.

        • Kibashi Siyoto says:

          Is the message “You’re going to hell if you don’t believe in Christ” a message of hope and love?

  93. macksfield2 says:

    Unbelievable really hard to imagine these School officials are so caught up in some type of political correctness they want to interfere with what these mothers are doing. Its just simply hard to imagine these school officials have determined this is a priority in their things to do list for running a district. These mothers are feeding children and sharing their faith. And some how this is an important issue for these suits? Seriously?

  94. American says:

    I would not have even stopped to talk to the Nazi school officials. I just would have entered the park. F them.

  95. Robert Blackwood says:

    The next way the school will try to curtail this gathering will be to make the park “OFF LIMITS TO STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS” just you wait and see……To all who are using this time to attack, belittlle and blame this on Christians are ignorant idiots!!

  96. Denis Scheidel says:

    if 25% of the students are eating there I’m thinking the school is missing out on selling lunches that day and that might be a reason they want it shut down. When it was 10-20 students they didn’t care, but when its 25% of the students now they do… all about the money….

  97. Kenneth Ballardo says:

    HE GOT OWNED!!!! …no wait wait, ..”He got schooled” LOL 😉

  98. sludog says:

    Just more lame brain supposed “educators” trying to control free citizens. Once again they got caught, next comes the obligatory “apology”, explaining how the “educators” are really “concerned ” about the students, didn’t mean it, etc.

  99. mva1985 says:

    The fact that they have had such a good response from students showing up is spectacular

  100. GoodNews ✓Orthodox 4Trump says:

    Only Christian mothers can take on the rainbow school officials.

  101. Fight for Jesus says:

    When are we gonna stop hating Christians…The best people I know are Christians….Where’s the love now LGBTers

  102. Fight for Jesus says:

    LGBT hate groups need to be outlawed!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. Stellaluna Elena says:

    I’m actually a student at Middleton High School and what people don’t seem to understand is that Fireman’s Park is technically school property during school hours. Therefore a program that isn’t run by students or faculty can’t take place there from 8:25 am to 3:44 pm. Also, there are serious health concerns about what the kids are being served not to mention that at least half of the kids who go to Jesus Lunch don’t care about what the mothers are preaching; they just want free food. I know people who have even admitted it. What if this event were anything besides Jesus Lunch as in: Mohammed Lunch in support of Islam, Krishna Lunch in support of Hinduism, or even Atheist Lunch. Would you still support what you call religious liberty?

    • reasonnotfeelings says:

      It would seem that those groups should also do good works and make a positive case for their ideas through their actions. Is anyone preventing them from giving free meals to the children?

  104. Anna says:

    The principal and school administrator should be fired IMMEDIATELY. They clearly attempted to violate their students and the parents’ religious freedoms and rights of speech. FIRE IMMEDIATELY AND SET A PRECEDENT or soon the only groups meeting for lunch and after school will be Muslim hate groups.

  105. Frank says:

    Anybody have the address to help pay the lawyer fees of the mothers?

  106. Huey51 says:

    Dose anyone else see the problem with to much government these so called employees want to limit messages limit free speech limit just about anything they do not agree with. In my daughters grade 11 classroom the teachers openly express there opinion on political parties and use classroom time to discuss there views and to put down political views that are opposite of there’s. My daughter who is pretty strong willed wanted to discuss there views and discuss the alternative and was promptly told her opinion was wrong. When I had my parent teacher interview I was told that it was none of my business and these one sided discussions were allowed because it was the schools obligation to enlighten the kids. I brought up the fact they were one sided and that if the teacher wanted to express there displeasure with the government and complain about there job they should not be doing it class room and not on paid time. The principle off coarse sided with teacher

  107. eagle keeper says:

    Even if the park is school property, our tax dollars go towards the upkeep and maintenance of same. In other words, the school administrators have no standing in not allowing the lunch to take place using public facilities–the park. Which according to public statute is open to one and all. Their sole objection is the sharing of God’s word about the wonderful salvation plan He has for all who will believe in our risen Savior Jesus Christ. Seems kind of dumb that school administrators would choose to spend eternity in Hell. Not a very wise choice. The lunches by the way aren’t for “Christians” only. They are open to all who wish to attend. We Christians roll that way.

  108. Raul Ybarra says:

    As I’ve said elsewhere, two thoughts occur to me on this as I’ve been following this story.

    1. The fact that the school hasn’t ran to a judge to stop these moms says a lot about what the legal standing is. People like these administrators tend to depend on legal bullying to impose their will and that fact that they haven’t taken that route tells me that they are afraid of what the decision will be. Against a determined resistance not only do they lose, but the “Oops, we’re sorry” option of advancing their agenda isn’t going to work this time, either.

    2. There is also going to be a police presence there for the safety of all involved. The Chief’s statement is interesting.

    “Reasonable people differ over the interpretation of the wording of the lease. I’m not worried about reasonable people, but I am concerned about unreasonable people, people who are using this issue for their own purposes and who are beginning to threaten good people on either side of this issue. Unless something unforeseen happens, the ‘Jesus Lunch’ is going to happen this Tuesday and will probably continue until the end of the school year. … Please do not assume that our presence in any way indicates a preference for any side in this issue other than to preserve the peace and allow people to exercise their 1st Amendment rights. … I hope it is not the students who teach the adults how to act.”

    The wording of the police statement says a *lot*. While the chief is being politic in his phrasing, there is an unmistakable message of who is being protected from whom. Though the police may not be taking sides, it is clear whose side they think the law is on.

  109. broey77 says:

    They will just close the campus so students can’t leave.

    • Curtis says:

      Yeah…they will be looking at a new school board too…and then the principal and vice principal and their lazy legal counsel will all have some free time to read the constitution.

      Really how lame of a legal counsel do you have to be, not to have a copy of the group’s agreement with the city to rent the pavilion….they looked at it like it was the first time they saw it…because it was…lazy lawyer and clueless administrator!

  110. Curtis says:

    Wow….looks like the suited up school administration just got “schooled” on the 1st amendment concerning the right to assemble in a public space and free speech….okay…they got their “A$$3$” handed to them by these ladies.

    I am not a religious person, but I fought for 30 years in the military for their rights to do exactly what they are doing….I wonder what they would do if a Muslim group of parents did the same thing???? I’ll bet they wouldn’t be so brave as to come down and confront THEM!

  111. Gustogus says:

    Satanic Temple Luncheons will be happening soon. This is right up there alley.

    • crowbar says:

      Oh no, we will come with the baseball bats. People start eventually understanding that they have to fight for their good way of life. Satanic Temple flock have to wait for their luncheons either in Hell or in their Temples and to show their noses outside. You cannot allow normal people and scumbags to have the same rights. If you are asking who is the judge, I will give the answer to you:”We the people”.

  112. reasonnotfeelings says:

    Legion has found new hosts from the pigs at Gerasene.

  113. Noname says:

    In our town, an empty school was being leased by a private school from the local school district. When the private school erected a fence around the adjoing public park (that it had also leased for its use during school hours)…a problem like this arose. Public peoples were not amused. The fence had to be taken down quite quickly…that private school has since left town.

  114. crowbar says:

    School officials who do not understand their rights and responsibilities do not deserve to administer our schools. Those who came out to prevent those Moms from having their gathering in park should be removed from their positions, i.e. they have to get the punishment they were afraid of for allowing Moms to have a peaceful gathering in the park. I think Moms’ attorneys have to demand from City’s authorities to remove those school officials.

  115. Tom Utech says:

    Shakespeare said it first & hit the nail on the head…’The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’.

  116. Serena Vann says:

    Hey you bunch of idiotic liberals!!! Public park not school grounds which of course is also public! Get a damm life and hope when you die Hell is really really really hot!!!!

  117. Steve V says:

    The school administrators should have been arrested then. They should be sued NOW. If they get away with this, they will be emboldened to commit higher crimes…

  118. Ibanez CherryIce says:

    God Bless them. In Canada back in the 90’s, my luchtime prayer group was kicked off the property by our alcoholic Principle.

  119. Ibanez CherryIce says:

    The word Fascist comes to mind. Cause only Fascist try to force and dictates to a stranger what they should and shouldn’t believe by actual force. And it’s Funny how schools are bending over backwards to accommodate Islam, and teach the 5 pillars of islam, or any thing for that mater: but then are doing this to Christians.

  120. Andy Johnson says:

    Jesus is Lord.

  121. Dire Wolf says:

    I would like to see this weasel confront any group other then Christians.

  122. Edmund Smith says:

    I only just saw this. What was the outcome?